Dozens of animals die in Liberty barn fire

A barn on Selle Road in the town of Liberty is a complete loss after an early morning fire Sunday.

LIBERTY – Dozens of animals died in a massive barn fire Sunday, Jan. 21 on Selle Road in the town of Liberty.  

Valders Fire Chief Christopher Dallas said he did not know of any animals who escaped the blaze. He said at least six alpacas, 20 goats and numerous chickens and cats resided in the barn belonging to William Springstube.

Fire crews arrived on scene to the fire shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. Dallas said the barn was already fully engulfed in flames when they arrived and power lines to the barn had fallen.  

Fire crews worked to get a barn fire under control for nearly six hours Sunday morning.

With the power lines down, the fire crews could not get as close as they wanted to the barn and had to position the fire trucks in another location. Wisconsin Public Service was called and they cut power to those lines just after 6:30 a.m. 

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Fire crews from 12 different departments and other law enforcement officers remained on scene to get the fire under control until noon Sunday. According to Dallas, 75-100 firefighters were involved throughout the course of the morning.

The barn was a complete loss, and no people were injured.