Fire kills 26 calves, destroys barn near Minnesota-Iowa line
BIGELOW, Minn. - A barn was destroyed and 26 3-week-old bottle calves were killed in a fire Tuesday night, about a mile south of the Lake Bella dam near the Minnesota-Iowa line.
The blaze was reported at 8:45 p.m. by a neighbor to the farm in Horton Township, Iowa. Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee said Wednesday that the biggest challenge was getting a water source to fight the blaze.
“Where the farm place was located, it’s a lot of dead miles,” he said. “We had to travel practically three miles just to get to a main gravel road.”
Water was pumped from Bigelow and a portable pump set up at the Lake Bella dam to draw water.
Rodney Markus, who lives on the site and feeds calve