Franklin County firefighters are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a family’s dairy farm.
Around 10:00 p.m. Sunday, fire crews responded to the Degroot family dairy farm at 755 Radar Hill Road, south of Othello. When they arrived, the inside of the building was actively burning.
A second alarm was issued by Fire Chief Steve Cooper due to the remote location of the fire. Fire trucks from Adams County Fire District #5 and Franklin County Fire District #1 responded.
Firefighters were able to save the building, but the contents inside are a total loss such as milking equipment and other machinery. Propane tanks were near the building, and the fire was put out before it could reach the tanks. No cows were inside the building or injured.
Cooper said at least 18 fire trucks were at the scene. The clean up lasted until about 1:30 a.m.
Today, the family started moving cows to another location. Cooper said the farming community came together and used their cattle trailers to help the family relocate.
The cause is under investigation.
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