Barn and calves lost in rural Bigelow firePublished by on
BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.
The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.
“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said.
Mutual aid was requested from Round Lake, Ocheyedan and Sibley fire departments, mostly for water tankers. The rural and remote location of the farm made it difficult for transporting water, Hohensee said.
No official cause has been named, but Hohensee said it looked as though the blaze started from an electrical problem.