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Lambs died in barn fire Sunday morning

Sixteen lambs died in a barn fire Sunday in rural Byron.

Stillman Valley Deputy Fire Chief Greg Kunce said the barn was completely in flames when he arrived on the scene at 3474 N. Marrill Rd., approximately five miles south of Byron.

“I was the first on the scene, and when I got there the barn was heavily involved in fire,” he said.

The fire was called in at 11:20 a.m.

No cause has yet been determined for the fire which destroyed the barn and its contents. 

“It’s still under investigation, but it’s not at all suspicious,” Kunce said.

Besides the lambs, the barn contained straw and equipment.

“Everything in there was completely destroyed,” he said.

Kunce said firefighters kept the fire from damaging three nearby buildings, one of which housed sheep that were unharmed.

The property is owned by Emma Bybee, Oregon, and rented by Amy Ewald, who lives there and owns the lambs and sheep.

Firefighters from six departments battled the blaze. Byron, Oregon, Davis Junction, Leaf River, and New Milford Fire Departments assisted Stillman Valley.

Kunce said Stillman Valley firefighters remained on the scene for approximately two hours and were also called to three field fires in the area that afternoon. 

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