Licking County fire officials say a barn was destroyed andmore than 50 animals were killed in a fire early Thursday morning.
According to fire officials, the homeowners of R&RStables called 911 at about 1:48 a.m. reporting flames coming from their barn.
Ten fire departments responded to the fire located onWatkins Road.
There were no hydrants in the area, so water had to behauled in by tankers, according to fire officials.
Inside the barn were goats, cows, chickens and ducks. There was also some equipment in the barn.
"Quite a bit of livestock in the barn, and doesn't looklike anything survived," said Granville Township Fire Chief Jeff Hussey."The best count we have right now is two cows, 30 to 40 goats, half adozen pigs, and half a dozen chickens."
The damage is estimated to be several hundred thousanddollars.
"Little by little, they added all these animals, so wewould go over frequently to visit the pigs and the goats and the horses and allthe different animals they had," said Jessica Atwood, a neighbor."Several of the other neighbors with small kids do the same thing that wedo especially in the summer, we are over there once or twice a week."
The homeowners told firefighters that there were eight heatlamps in the barn, keeping the animals warm.
The heat lamps are now the focus of investigators who arelooking to identify the cause of the fire.