250 goats dead, $1.5M in damage in Mount Forest barn fire

A fire ripped through a Mount Forest barn early Tuesday morning, killing hundreds of animals and causing $1.5 million dollars damage.

Wellington North Fire Services investigating cause of fire

Fire crews battled a barn fire east of Mount Forest for more than seven hours on Tuesday. Two-hundred and fifty goats and several other animals were killed in the blaze. (Charles Hamilton/Twitter)

A fire ripped through a Mount Forest barn early Tuesday morning, killing hundreds of animals and causing $1.5 million dollars damage.

Fire crews were called out to the barn on Side Road 2, east of Mount Forest around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

It took more than seven hours and three crews from neighbouring communities to extinguish the blaze, according to Wellington North Fire Services Chief David Guilbault.

Two hundred and fifty milking goats, 20 rabbits and 2 horses were lost in the fire.

Guilbault said the barn was destroyed, but crews were able to save the owner's home nearby.

"The barn was a loss but we made a great effort to make sure he wasn't going to lose the house as well," he said.

"If the wind had of changed just a little bit, it might have been a different outcome for sure."

The cause of the fire is unknown. Guilbault said the fire department will be back on the property Tuesday to investigate.