NEW ENTERPRISE — Cattle were killed when a dairy barn caught fire Monday evening in Bloomfield Township.
The fire was reported at 7:05 p.m. at 649 Snyder Creek Road. Crews from more than a dozen volunteer fire departments responded to the scene to battle the blaze, which completely destroyed a cattle barn.
Some of cattle on the farm had to be euthanized, officials at the scene said.
The farm belongs to Merle Snyder and Paul Snyder, according to a family member at the scene. Neighbors who gathered along the road said the family has lived on the farm for a number of years, describing it as a “small family dairy farm.”
The Southern Cove Fire Company was in command of the scene and was assisted by firefighters from Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Bedford, Saxton, Imler, Claysburg, Shawnee Valley, Blue Knob, Six Mile Run and Breezewood. Crews were there for a number of hours. Southern Cove and Shawnee Valley ambulances also assisted. Firefighters from Robertsdale were on standby.
Snyder Creek Road, which connects routes 867 and 868, was closed to traffic as tanker trucks cycled to a fill sight. Firefighters cycled two tankers into a driveway on the property at a time to keep up with the demand for water.
No people were injured in the fire, officials said.
The cause of the fire was not available as of 11 p.m.