Fire levels large Red Hook barn, kills 100 goats

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RED HOOK – Fire Friday morning at a barn on Hateman Hill Road in the Town of Red Hook leveled a 180-foot by 35 foot barn. Some 100 goats inside perished.   There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.
The fire was called in shortly before 1 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene until 6:30.
The cause is unknown and under investigation by the Dutchess County Cause and Origin Team.
Fire Chief Rick Hillbrandt, who was the first firefighter on the scene, said the roof had collapsed by the time he arrived.
Because there was no water source in the immediate area, they had truck water in.
“That’s why I had so many mutual aid companies because we had to tank water in from the village hydrants,” Hillbrandt said.  “There is no water source out there. If we could find a pond out there, there would so much ice trying to cut through to get water,” he said.
Tivoli, Rhinebeck and Milan were on the scene under mutual aid while Pine Plains and Hillside were on standby. 




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