The owner of a large barn that burned to the ground near Munster Friday morning managed to rescue cattle that were inside, the fire department said.

The fire began in the barn just before 9 a.m. at 6832 Mansfield Rd. near Fallowfield Road.

When firefighters arrived, the barn and a nearby structure were engulfed in flames. The owner of the barn and a neighbour had managed to rescue cattle that were inside the large barn.

Crews worked to save three silos nearby, one of which had corn silage inside. Silage is fermented, high-moisture stored fodder that can be fed to animals such as cattle and sheep.

All three silos were saved but did sustain radiant heat damage. They'll have to be checked out by a structural engineer, the fire department said.

No one was hurt and no animals were injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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