Barn Fire Prompts Social Togetherness 4/5/20
The concerns of Corona Virus were paused Sunday afternoon, April 5, in the Town of Goodrich east of Medford when the skies were smoke filled as a dairy barn fire raged. The fire did extensive damage to the Ryan and Cheri Klussendorf barn located at W2072 Highway 64. The Klussendorfs indicated that they saw smoke and flames coming from the hay mow of the barn. They were able to get all of the animals away from the burning structure. When the Medford fire department arrived during the noon hour on Sunday, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. The Stetsonville fire department provided mutual aid. Per standard protocol Medford ambulance EMT’s were on standby.
While social distancing is taking a grip on the world, the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors kicked into action while the fire raged on. Neighboring farmers and friends jumped into action and came to the Klussendorf farm with cattle trailers and loaded the cows on to the trailers taking them to their farms for safe shelter and milking. At a time when the world deals with a pandemic, a town of Goodrich family was reminded of the meaning of family and friends.
Firefighters used defensive tactics in an effort to minimize the damage to the milking parlor and free stall barn. The structure with the hay mow, a 50 by 100 foot structure was destroyed. Two backhoes were used to peel away the roof and aid in dowsing the flames. Preliminary damage estimates were put at $300,000. No injuries were reported. Cause of the fire was possibly electrical. Medford firefighters were on the scene until 9:30 Sunday night.