CAROLINE, N.Y. – After more than eight hours on the scene, firefighters quenched the flames that engulfed a barn in Caroline on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the scene at Seventy Six Road at 9:18 a.m. Doug Keefe, Fire Chief of the Speedsville Volunteer Fire Company said while the cause is still unknown, it was likely an electrical issue.

Keefe said the barn was one of four barns on a farm owned by the Maynard family.

“The last barn was the one to catch fire, and luckily none of the other barns were affected,” Keefe said. “There were 30 cattle inside, and all but one calf got out.”

Upon arriving, Keefe said most of the barn had already been damaged by the fire. He said firefighters at the scene did not leave the scene until 5 p.m.

“We’ve got a huge shortage of volunteer firefighters and EMT’s at the moment,” Keefe said. “If I had to guess, I would say the average age of all the firefighters there yesterday was 55 and older.”

Fire departments from Slaterville, Brooktondale, Varna, Danby, Weltonville, Berkshire and Richford also assisted at the scene along with Bangs Ambulance.

Featured image courtesy of the Speedsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.