UPDATE: 19 Goats Died In Ripley Co. Fire

Posted On January 10, 2012
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Update posted Tuesday, January 10 at 6:38 a.m.:


Monday morning’s barn fire in Ripley County claimed the lives of 19 goats.


John Garner owned the barn. He said it was a kidding barn used for raising his children’s 4-H goats.


The barn on US 50 was a complete loss following the blaze.


“My thanks go out to all that have called and stopped by. We are truly blessed by community and friends,” Garner said.


The Milan Fire Department continues to investigate a cause of the fire. No foul play is suspected.




Update posted at 9:31 a.m.:


Several goats died in a barn fire early Monday morning in Ripley County.


The Milan Fire Department was called to the blaze at 4203 East U.S. 50 at about 5:00 a.m. for a report of a fully engulfed barn, said department Lt. Mike Alloway.


The barn which house goats was a total loss, according to Alloway. He did not know of the specific number of animals which perished in the fire.


No people were injured.


Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly two hours extinguishing the fire. U.S. 50 was closed for about an hour because there was no other usable access to the barn which was situated near the highway.


A cause of the fire remains under investigation, although no foul play is suspected, said Alloway.


Milan Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Versailles Fire Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, and Milan Rescue 30.




Update posted at 7:54 a.m.:


Ripley County dispatchers say U.S. 50 at State Road 129 in Ripley County reopened just prior to 7:00 a.m. following a large fire.


Fire crews remain on the scene o the barn fire which was reported at about 5:00 a.m. 


Eagle 99.3 has contacted the Milan Fire Department seeking more information.




Original story posted at 6:12 a.m.:


(Milan, Ind.) – A barn full of goats and llamas is the scene of a large fire Monday morning in Ripley County.


Firefighters from Milan and Versailles were called out about 5:00 a.m. to the 4200 block of U.S. 50 just east of State Road 129 for the fire.


Crews remain on the scene of that large barn fire as of 6:00 a.m., resulting in the closure of U.S. 50 in both directions between State Road 129 and Friendship Road.


A cause has not yet been determined. It’s unclear if the livestock inside the barn made it out safely.


Stay tuned to Eagle 99.3 for the latest on this developing story.