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Fire strikes one of Ontario’s largest dairies – London Dairy Farms


More than 50 London firefighters have been battling a massive fire at a large commercial farm on Old Victoria Road, south of the 401.

The call came in around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, and as of 5 a.m. Thursday — the blaze at London Dairy Farms was still raging. Firefighters said they expected it would be late morning before the flames had been fully doused.

There are several buildings on the property, but the fire is said to have originated in a warehouse containing hay, along with a limited quantity of hazardous materials.

The cattle are housed in a different part of the property, and officials confirm none of the cows were injured.

There have been no reports of injuries to firefighters or anyone else nearby either.

It’s unclear how the fire started at this point.

The 401 was closed until just after 6 a.m. in both directions from Highbury to Veterans Memorial Parkway, but has since reopened. London Police still have Old Victoria Road from Wilton Grove Road to Discovery Drive blocked.

There were earlier concerns that heavy wires from a neighbouring communications tower could fall across the lanes of the highway as a result of the fire, but that risk has diminished.

Source: AM980

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