“It’s discouraging”: 250 cows die in a fire on his farm – ZEIT ONLINE

“It’s discouraging”: 250 cows die in a fire on his farm – ZEIT ONLINE

250 animals died in the fire that ravaged a dairy farm in Montérégie on Monday.

In addition to the lost animals, the material damage to the Croteau family is considerable.


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She confirms that about twenty cows managed to escape the flames, but these must be euthanized.

The surviving beasts were either burned or inhaled noxious fumes.


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It is a heavy loss for the owners. The breeding farm had calves that would later become dairy cows.

Patrick Croteau, co-owner of the farm in Saint-Théodore-d’Acton, draws a devastating balance of the incident.

“Twenty managed to escape. What is certain is that they must all be put to sleep. Most shockingly, we burned down in 2009. We had switched technology and were motivated to build again. Our new installation, it was on point. It was perfect. Now we have no motivation,” he said.


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Mr Croteau was asked by our journalist if he knew the cause of the fire.

“It’s disheartening. There’s practically no electricity. The worker had left the scene of the accident 20 minutes before the first flames. 30 minutes later the blanket was gone. We have no idea [de la cause]”, he said.

The fire department commander has not yet released any information about the cause of the fire.