Officials said a number of animals were killed when the roof of a barn at a dairy farm in Dracut collapsed during Tuesday’s powerful nor’easter.
According to the Dracut Fire Department, firefighters responding to a report of a partial roof collapse at Shaw Farm on New Boston Road discovered a barn that had crumbled to the ground under the weight of heavy, wet snow.
The collapse killed several cows. There have been no reported injuries.
“Today was one of life’s unexpected challenges. Fortunately, no employees were injured. “Unfortunately, we lost a few of our animals,” Shaw Farm said in a statement. “We are grateful to everyone who helped us this afternoon, including our staff, family, fellow farmers, neighbours, friends, and the Dracut Police and Fire Departments.”
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The farm also confirmed that their beloved donkey, Bailey, survived and is fine.
Despite the collapse, the farm’s store and ice cream stand will be open as usual on Wednesday.
Since 1908, the family farm has been bottling milk and packaging ice cream.
Roof collapses are a major concern in many towns and cities after the winter storm dumped more than two feet of snow.