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Fire destroys a dairy farm in Buckland

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More than a dozen fire departments rushed to a dairy farm in Franklin County, to fight a fire Friday morning. Fire crews spent much of this morning, fighting back flames, that already engulfed two barns and now threatened to spread to more buildings including a home.

"When the first team arrived it was fully involved, smoke was visible as far away as Hatfield, okay so the object was to save the house." said Terry Dun, Public Information Officer with Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team.

But crews weren't just scrambling to fight the fire, they were also scrambling to get water because there are no hydrants in that area of Buckland.

"Primarily the issue was water, we had to do a tanker shuttle, you noticed in some of the shots we're moving a little over 1,000 gallons a minute, that takes a lot of truck work and moving." said Terry Dun, Public Information Officer with Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team.

Despite, having to shuttle water in the fire, crews were able to stop the blaze.  

"It was a successful stop as far as keeping it from the house, it's an old farm house with a lot of old timber, if it had gotten much further than it did, and jumped from the barns to the house, it would have been very difficult to save the house." said Terry Dun, Public Information Officer with Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team.

Fire officials say both barns are a total loss. Livestock and other farm animals that were inside the barns, died in the fire.

"The two barns held a variety of things like hay, farm tools, and some live stock and other animals." said Curtis Lebelle, Deputy Chief Buckland Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation according to fire officials.

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