Farmer loses barn, cattle, horses in fire

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The large dairy barn that stood right of the damaged structure and in front of the silos was a total loss in Sunday night's fire.

When Dundee fire fighters were leaving their station to head to a fire about two miles away late Sunday, May 3, they could see the flames from the blaze that destroyed a large dairy barn. Inside, 37 milking cows, 15 smaller head of cattle and three horses perished.

Doug Miller of the Dundee Fire Department says fire fighters were on the scene from about 11 p.m. Sunday night to 4:30 a.m. Monday, battling the blaze at the 5606 Route 14A farm owned by James Z. Eberly, 54. A passerby had noticed the fire and called 911. When fire fighters arrived at the scene, the barn was fully involved, with flames coming out every opening. A smaller structure, just south of the main barn, was damaged and partially collapsed as well.

The Yates County Fire Investigation Team ruled that the fire’s cause was undetermined due to the amount of damage to the structure. However, Deputy Rick Simpson, of the fire investigation team, says a problem with an electrical motor could not be ruled out.

Fire companies from Tyrone, Himrod, Penn Yan, and Montour Falls provided mutual aid and the Wayne Fire Department stood by at the Dundee Station.

Dundee fire fighters returned to the scene later Monday to hose down debris that had been removed from the burned structure.