Barn fire doused in Lumby

Lumby firefighters teamed up with their Lavington counterparts to battle a blaze at a dairy farm on Dure Meadow Road over the weekend.

Lumby fire chief Tony Clayton said the fire broke out around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30.

"We got called to a tractor on fire and it was spreading to the dairy barn - 80 cows, roughly 30 calfs were in the barn. Staff managed to get them out."

Fire crews were able to keep the fire contained to the calf-rearing area only. 

"The fire wasn't super intense, but it was in the walls of the structure."

However, Clayton said, freezing temperatures made battling the fire anything but routine.

 "It was - 20 C, or so. Our air packs were freezing faster than they could be thawed out. All the trucks that were there had their heaters going full bore and BC Ambulance was there keeping an eye on everybody for cold." 

No one was hurt and no animals were lost in the fire. 

Crews fought the flames for more than six hours.

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