Hundreds of goats die in latest Ontario farm fire
Published Sunday, January 17, 2016 1:27PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:30PM EST
About 500 goats and 30 cattle are dead after a barn fire broke out at a farm outside of London, Ont. on Sunday.
Crews arrived on scene at about 6 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames, a spokesperson for the local Delaware fire department told CTV London.
According to the spokesperson, high winds fuelled the flames, forcing firefighters to take a defensive position.
Mark Rennison, acting chief of Middlesex Centre Fire Services, told CTV London that the firefighters could do little to save the livestock.
"Unfortunately, we could hear some of the livestock in there, but it didn’t take long, and in these situations we can't put our guys in any more danger, and there's nothing we can really do," said Rennison.
There were no human injuries, but the total damage is estimated at more than $2 million.
The blaze was the latest in a string of high-profile barn fires this winter.
On Friday, 12 horses died in a barn fire outside of Mount Forest, Ont.
And a massive fire near Puslinch, Ont. claimed the lives of 43 race horses earlier this month.
That loss set the owners back an estimated $4 million to $5 million.
The horses' owner and trainer, Ben Wallace, told CTV Toronto that the fire took a "devastating" toll.
"This is a lifestyle," he said in an interview in early January. "These horses are part of your life, rather than just a commodity."
With files from CTV London and CTV Toronto