Quick-thinking neighbors rescued 10 cows from a fire that destroyed on old barn south of Forest Grove on Saturday afternoon.
No one was injured in the fire, which was battled by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Dept, the Gaston Fire District and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue.
Just after 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 8, firefighters from FGF&R were alerted to a fire in a barn located at 7845 S.W. Spring Hill Rd. When the firefighters arrived approximately 10 minutes later, they found a metal sided barn with heavy fire showing out of the rear of it.
Because the roof was collapsing making it unsafe to enter the barn, firefighters used multiple hose lines to extinguish the flames from the outside of the barn. They were able to stop the flames in less than 10 minutes, but it took about two hours to put out all the hot spots in hay that was stored in the barn.
The owner eventually brought in a tractor and helped remove a large amount of hay to allow the hot spots to be extinguished better.
Because the barn was located outside a municipal water system, water tenders were brought to the scene to help supply fire attack hose lines.
Neighbors who saw the early stages of the fire let 10 cows out of the barn where they were being kept. The cows were scared and ended up about 1/4 mile away, but were gathered up by other neighbors and kept at another barn for the night.
The barn, built around 1939, is considered a complete loss. At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The response included: 25 Firefighters; four Engines; four Water Tenders; three Fire Chiefs; and one Fire Investigator.