Horses die in Farmington barn fire

FARMINGTON — Two horses died and a barn was destroyed during a Tuesday afternoon fire.

A woman, screaming and cussing, called 911 just after 4 p.m. and said there were kids in the barn at 6739 state Route 534 NW and it was now on fire, according to a 911 call summary.

No one was injured during the fire, but two horses died, Farmington fire Chief Jon Bland said. Several other horses were safely removed from the barn, Bland said. Around 5 p.m. people could be seen walking horses off the property and along state Route 534 as firefighters continued to douse the collapsed barn with water as bystanders looked on.

“They were able to get some of the horses out, but two could not be saved,” Bland said.

There was some siding damage to a house located near the barn, Bland said, but no other damage besides the barn, which is a total loss. The barn’s owners told Bland they plan to demolish what’s left and rebuild.

“It was an older barn, but it’s been renovated,” Bland said. “Actually I believe they put a new roof on it last year.”

Crews from the Southington, Mesopotamia, Middlefield, Bristol, Champion and Parkman fire departments were called to assist. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Bland said.

The property is owned by Daniel and Erma Troyer, according to Trumbull County Auditor records.