Firefighters save barn, cattle in Pleasant Valley

Colin MacLean
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Fire department had to co-ordinate with snow-clearing crews to reach farm

Firefighters responded Sunday to a fire at Weeks Holstein in Pleasant Valley.

PLEASANT VALLEY — Firefighters managed to avert disaster early Sunday morning at a farm in Pleasant Valley.

Kensington Fire Chief Allan Sudsbury said a fire call came in about 12:30 a.m.

Because of the weekend storm firefighters had to co-ordinate with snow- clearing crews from the Department of Transportation in order to reach the farm.

When they arrived, firefighter found a fire burning in the centre of a large barn at Weeks Holstein housing about 35 cattle.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze before it could spread, but Sudsbury said they were lucky.

Given the blustery weather early Sunday morning and the amount of combustible material in the barn it's amazing the situation didn't spiral out of control, said the fire chief.

"It was a little slower trip than usual but we were able to get there. Other than that everything went well, all things considering," said Sudsbury. "It surprised me that we were able to catch it with the amount of wind we were dealing with.”

Fortunately, both the structure and the cattle escaped largely intact, though Sudsbury said a vet was being called in to examine the cattle for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is suspected to be a piece of equipment that malfunctioned and sparked some hay.

About 20 firefighters from the Kensington Fire Department responded to the fire call. They were assisted by the New London Fire Department.

They were on the scene for about three hours.

Organizations: Department of Transportation, Kensington Fire Department, New London Fire Department

Geographic location: Pleasant Valley

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  • Manda Ville
    February 12, 2013 - 11:48

    This story should be published nation wide, maybe worldwide. Fire dept. and snow removal staff all deserve our thanks and praise. I cannot think of enough good words for them. It takes very special people to do this work.

  • Marie
    February 12, 2013 - 08:45

    We should all be grateful that we have heros like this... willing to chance their lives to save ours. Stay safe firefighters!

  • Marg Younker
    February 11, 2013 - 20:39

    I can only imagine the panic at that farm and the relief at seeing those brave men and women coming to help, especially on such a cold windy snowy night, Big heartfelt thanks to all of you.

  • Unsung
    February 11, 2013 - 18:06

    My hat goes off to the men and women that made it out to save the cattle and barn. Above and beyond the call of duty certainly would be a well suited term to use in this case. Imagine having to trek on foot too make it there. Bravo!

  • They Deserve Bigtime Thanks
    February 11, 2013 - 17:16

    It's stories like this that really makes you appreciate real Islanders . These people putting themselves at risk in all kinds of weather to save what other people have is really uplifting the way things are today . They deserve a great big thank you from all of us who take them for granted & depend on them . THANK'S

  • Travis Gallant
    February 11, 2013 - 17:11

    Everyone should thank their local volunteer Fire Department. These men and women have been serving our island for years, and continue to do so. They do an amazing job. Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night, to put your life on the line for islanders, only to go back to bed, and get up hours ( if lucky) to go to your regular job. They don't ask for thanks or get compensated anything remotely close to their value. Thanks to all volunteer firefighters on PEI and across the country!