A barn fire in Pennsylvania killed 79 cows on Jan. 9.
Jonas Family Cold Spring Farm near Pleasant Mount had a fire break out in a barn housing 110 cows. Thirty-one cows were saved from the fire and were moved to another farm.
First responders arrived at the scene around 2:30 pm. Fire crews fought the fire for approximately seven hours.
There were no injuries to people as a result of the fire, but a Honesdale Fire Department crew member did suffer a broken leg when slipping on ice at the farm.
The fire is believed to have started in a milk storage room adjacent to the parlor and has been ruled an accident. The barn was a total loss.
Early reports indicated that up to 100 cows had perished, but the number was lowered to 79 cows, according to Pennsylvania State Police fire marshals.
Fortunately, the devastation wasn't worse as the wind did not blow the fire to another barn housing 80 more cattle.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help aid the Jonas family as they try to recover from the fire.
“Neighbors, the community, and family all came together to do anything they could to help, but unfortunately they still lost some of the family Holsteins to the flames. The farming community is a family, we care for each other and will support each other through it all, and I hope by creating this go fund-me more of the community can help. Any little bit could help and if you can’t give, we ask you to just keep them in your prayers,” the GoFundMe page reads.
As of Jan. 15, $8,415 has been donated in five days by 132 people, almost meeting the $9,000 goal. The Jonas family operates a registered Holstein dairy.
To see photos of the firefighting efforts look at the Facebook photos below from Honesdale Fire Department’s Alert Hook & Ladder Co. #2: