Six calves die in Crave barn fire in Waterloo

  • Source: Waterloo / Marshall Courier
  • Published: 01/09/2019 01:11 PM

Six calves died in a barn fire on New Year’s Day on the Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese, W11550 Torpy Road, Waterloo. “Upon arrival the middle calf farm was just glowing orange,” Waterloo Fire Chief Vern Butzine said. “We had a full crew and we had a very successful knock down in a very short time,” he added. The fire chief estimated the damage at $100,000. Butzine said structurally, about half the barn was damaged. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire department received the fire call at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. It was spotted by a passing motorists, who called her father and he in turn called a Crave family member who contacted the sheriff’s department, Butzine said. The firefighters were able to pull up to the 40 by 150-foot structure and pull out the lines. “It was in one of the new calf buildings on the farm,” he said.


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