GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — More than 60 goats died in a barn fire Monday morning in Greene County. Strafford Fire Protection District Battalion Chief, Rusty Darnell, said someone passing by noticed the fire on East Division Street and Missouri 125 just after 5:00 a.m. and called for help.
Susie Carriere rented the property and operated her business, Mountain View Dairy Goats out of the barn. “I milked them and, you know, we bred them and raised the babies,” Carriere said. She had lived on the property for two years.
Carriere said she was sleeping when she heard a banging on her door Monday morning. “When I turned the light on I saw all the lights coming from the barn, so I looked out the window and that’s when I realized the barn — it was completely engulfed.”
Carriere held back tears as she said the goats were her babies. She said she wants to get more goats, but it will take some time.
“A lot of money was lost there because we rent the property, you know, there’s no insurance,” she said. The barn fire also destroyed milking equipment and medication.
Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started. “We’ve got some heat sources that we’re trying to rule out right now in causing the fire,” Battalion Chief Darnell said, “We’ve got several things to look for right now. It’s going to be under investigation for a little bit but again it was a total loss.”
Darnell said heat sources can be a danger for farm operators and care must be taken with where the equipment is placed but said again that investigators are still working to find the cause of Monday’s fire.