An Oneida County dairy farmer lost about 250 cattle in a fire Sunday, officials said.
Oneida County sheriff’s deputies, as well as members of the Trenton Joint Fire District — Barneveld and Holland Patent fire departments — responded to the fire after it was reported at 11:06 a.m.
Firefighters at the scene told deputies that no one was injured, but that many cattle had died in the fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies later estimated about 250 cattle had died in the fire.
The fire does not appear to be suspicious, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said in a news release.
The Office of Fire Prevention and Control and several other emergency responders also arrived to provide assistance. They included: Floyd, Stittville, Remsen, Deerfield and Western fire departments; National Grid; STaR and AmCare ambulances; and state police. Poland Fire Department was on standby to cover any emergency or medical calls in the area during the fire. STaR Ambulance also had additional staff available, the sheriff said in the release.
Whittaker Road was closed in the area of Hoffman Road for several hours Sunday.
After the fire, several neighbors expressed sorrow for the dairy farmer, Terry Jones, who lost his barn and cattle.