300 calves perish in a fire

A violent fire in a barn resulted in the death of some 300 calves on Thursday night in Upton.
The Sûreté du Québec was commissioned to shed light on the cause of the fire, which resulted in damages of more than $ 150,000.

A passerby alerted the fire department about 7:30 pm, seeing flames and smoke escaping from the agricultural building of the Carrière rank. When the firefighters arrived, the visibility was “zero,” says Benoit Gauthier, director of the Upton Fire Department. “We did not see anything,” he adds. Smoke and firebrands crossed the road. ”

Forty sappers from the municipalities of Saint-Valérien-de-Milton, Saint-Liboire, Acton Vale, Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, Saint-Hélène and Upton took part in the intervention, particularly to ensure the transport of water . The cold weather and the icy roadway made their job more difficult, Gauthier said.

The work of the sappers was focused on protecting the residence located about ten feet from the barn in flames, an agricultural garage in which was notably stored a tractor, as well as two tanks, one of propane and the other containing diesel. “It was our priorities,” says the brigade chief.

The house and the garage were saved from the flames. No incidents related to the tanks occurred.

The barn was completely destroyed by the fire which was controlled around midnight. A mechanical shovel helped extinguish the last fires of the fire. The 300 or so calves that were in the building did not survive. Losses related to the building are estimated at over $ 150,000.

The cause of the fire is undetermined for the moment. The firefighters transferred the file to the Sûreté du Québec. A technician in the fire scene went to the scene of the fire on Friday, hoping to determine the cause of the fire.

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