A barn fire raged at a Wellesley Township farm in Canada on Monday. Police said more than 400 pigs and 30 cattle were killed in the blaze.
Firefighters were called to the farm located on Lobsinger Line, west of St. Clements, just before 6 p.m. on Monday.
The family living on the property was safe, and 19 cows were saved, CTV News Kitchener reported.
Firefighters from all three stations in Wellesley Township responded, along with a tanker from nearby St. Jacobs. The limited water supply was a challenge, the deputy fire chief said.
Strong winds fueled the large fire, causing heavy smoke that closed down a nearby road for hours.
Firefighters’ immediate concern was protecting a propane tank near the barn, in addition to two large silos nearby.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and damage is expected to exceed $700,000, the deputy fire chief says.