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Emergency crews responded to a fire at a Hobart farm on Aug. 7, 2018. Jonathan Anderson, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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 HOBART - A Hobart dairy farmer's firefighter neighbors turned out late Tuesday night to help save some of the man's cows from a burning dairy barn. 

The fire destroyed Dutchman Creek Dairy Farm's main milking barn and killed about 20 animals. About 90 cows and calves survived.  

The fire on County EE near South Overland Road was reported shortly after 10 p.m., said Hobart Assistant Fire Chief Jim Henn. 

The barn fire it was "fully involved,"when firefighters arrived, Henn said. The structure included a loft full of hay and cattle below. 

The firefighters assisting the farm's owner, Michael Ambrosius, and neighbors before help arrived used their training to know when it was time to cut off rescue operations, Henn said. 

About 60 firefighters from various departments assisted. 

Ambrosius was taken to the hospital due to a medical condition, and one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and exhaustion, Henn said. 

The milking barn was a complete loss, but another barn and several other buildings were saved, he said. 

It is unknown what caused the fire, Henn said. 

The assistant fire chief believes roughly a half million gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze. The scene was cleared at 7 a.m.

 

 

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