Owatonna Fire Department News

No livestock lost in Medford barn fire - February 19, 2015

By KIM HYATT khyatt@owatonna.com 

 
MEDFORD — Roger Holzemer was hauling a bale of hay to his cattle with a backhoe on Wednesday afternoon at his farm about 3 miles south of Medford. He left the tractor inside a shed momentarily to answer a phone call and when he returned, the tractor was on fire, according to Korey Kamholz of the Owatonna Fire Department.
 
Shortly before 2 p.m. dispatchers said the barn was fully engulfed in flames and 200 cows were inside. Kamholz expected the worst, especially when factoring in zero-degree temperatures.

“It sounded initially really bad, but in the end it really turned out to be, in a broad perspective, a minor fire call,” Kamholz said.

None of the beef cattle were injured or lost and the structure — approximately 300 feet by 100 feet — had “very minimal damage,” Kamholz said. The backhoe was a total loss, though a dollar amount was unknown.  Read more...

Source: Owatonna People's Press