13 cattle killed in early morning Dodge Co. barn fire

The Waterloo Fire Department says 13 cattle are dead following an early-morning barn fire at the J&R Bar Ranch north of Waterloo.

The call for the barn fire came in at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning at W12075 State Highway 89. A stretch of Highway 89 between County Highway T and County Highway TV was shut down for about two and a half hours while crews worked to put out the fire.

The road re-opened at about 5:30 a.m. while crews remained on the scene.

Fire Chief Wesley Benisch said 13 head of cattle were trapped in a lower portion of the barn and were unable to be saved. Benisch says the top half of the barn was full of hay, some of which the farmers put in recently.

13 cattle killed in early morning Dodge Co. barn fire

The barn is considered a total loss. Benisch says crews focused on preventing the fire from spreading once they got to the scene.

“That’s always a big concern, the buildings very close to eachother on a farm,” said Benisch. “The house, the other barns that are very close, so we had to protect those buildings and make that more the priority than just putting out the fire that was already there.”

Crews were able to put out the barn fire after about an hour. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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