2009-12-17 / Local & State

Barn Blaze Kills Dozens Of Cows In Central Pa.

RIVERSIDE, Pa. (AP) – A barn fire that may have been sparked by a heat lamp killed dozens of cows at a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania.

Farm owner Wesley Keener estimates 60 cows and calves died in the blaze that began Friday morning in Rush Township. He says about 20 were saved.

Keener suspects a heat lamp ignited livestock bedding in the barn, which was destroyed.

Temperatures in the region were bitterly cold, with gusty winds.

Southside Fire Company Chief Butch Kriner says a state police fire marshal will be called to investigate the cause.

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