A dairy barn is a total loss after a fire that began near Stratford Wednesday afternoon.
Stratford Fire Chief Bill Griesbach said the barn was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. Seven area fire departments were requested to respond to the barn fire on the 1700 block of Eau Pleine Road in the Township of Cleveland near Stratford.
The fire was reported around 2:30 pm.
No official cause of the fire has been determined yet, but
Chief Griesbach said early indications suggest it was electrical.
“On the west side of the barn, they have a milk house there. They have a heater in the milk house but nothing is definite for sure,” Griesbach said.
An excavator was brought in to tear down a couple of silos that were also severely damaged in the blaze.
The family of the barn milks about 125 cows, and estimate about 25 dairy cows did not make it out.
Crews from Edgar, McMillian, Hewitt, Spencer, Mosinee and Auburndale all were requested to assist Straford.