Officials: Fire destroys historic farm in Waterbury, Vermont

Associated Press
A firefighter on Monday, April 2, 2018, sprays water into a burned house on an historic family dairy farm in Waterbury, Vt., that was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Twenty-three cows and calves were killed in the blaze that destroyed two homes and a barn.

WATERBURY, VT - Vermont fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a historic family dairy farm and two homes and killed 23 cows and calves was an accident.

Officials say the Sunday fire started in the barn's milking parlor.

Fire Chief Gary Dillon says the farm and the farmhouse were 152 years old, so the wood was extremely dry. There also was a lot of hay, wood chips and sawdust.

Dairy farmers Rosina Wallace (center) and her brother K. Alan Wallace, stand Monday, April 2, 2018, on their historic family dairy farm that was destroyed by fire Sunday.

Dillon says high winds fed the fire, and a lack of water initially made it difficult to fight.

No injuries were reported.

Seventy-one-year-old Rosina Wallace ran the farm with her brother. She stood by Monday as the farmhouse they grew up in was torn down.

She has hosted numerous school groups to the farm that her great-grandparents bought in 1866.