Nanny goats and babies perish in barn fire near
Wanda English Burnett
Its pretty devastating, John Garner told
the Osgood Journal just hours after several goats perished
in a barn fire at his residence just east of Elrod on Monday morning,
January 9. The Garners raise goats and other livestock on their
mini-farm at 4203 E US 50.
The fire was fully engulfed when we arrived, noted
Mike Alloway, firefighter for the Milan Volunteer Fire Department.
He said the barn, which was a small metal structure, was in flames
when the firemen arrived on the scene and there was no saving
the animals inside. Alloway said the call came in early, about
5 a.m. Monday morning.
Garner said there were upwards of 20 goats, nannies and their
kids, inside. We put the mammas and babies up because they
are the most vulnerable, he said, saying two billy goats
and a llama were outside and lived.
The barn was a total loss, along with the animals inside. We
are just waiting to find out about the insurance, Garner
said. He sadly noted that no amount of insurance could replace
the animals because they were the childrens pets. He said
their children, who primarily work with the animals, were really
torn up. Its such a sad day here, he concluded.
The Milan Volunteer Fire Department called for mutual aid when
they were first dispatched. We didnt know exactly
what we had and wanted to be covered, Alloway said. They
called for help from neighboring fire department, Versailles.
Alloway said Versailles Volunteer Fire Department rolled with
a tanker, but it wasnt needed.
According to information from the Ripley County Sheriffs
Department, US 50 was closed for a short period of time.
The cause of the fire had not been determined at press time.