Three Dozen Goats Killed in Barn Fire

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Updated: 12/23/2012 11:58 pm
     More than a dozen goats were killed Saturday night in a barn fire in Boyle County, off Whites Road.

     Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but believe it may have been started by a space heater that was running inside the barn.

     Donna Slack, who owned the barn was out of town visiting family for the holidays. She says a neighbor called her to tell her about the fire.

     All of Slack's goats died in the fire except for a baby goat only a few days old, who was rescued by neighbors.

     Slack says all of the adult goats were females and were all pregnant at the time of the fire. She says  about 12 babies including the one save were born a few days earlier.

     Slack says she'll have to wait until after the holidays before insurance adjusters can come out, but she estimates she lost about 70- thousand dollars worth of equipment.

    She says the money is secondary, since she spent most of the last six years hand-picking the goats and raising them.
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KEdmonds - 12/26/2012 10:49 AM
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The owner, Donna Slack's insurance only covered the structure, nothing inside the barn. To make matters worse, the mortgage company has the option of keeping the insurance money and applying it toward her loan. If that happens she will have no money to build a new barn to give the horses, chickens and baby goat shelter, furthermore, she would not have money to replace the hay that was lost in the fire. She is going to need help.
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