Springwater Fire rescues five head of cattle from collapsed barn

One animal suffered serious injuries after roof collapsed Thursday afternoon

One cow didn’t make it after a barn roof collapsed in Springwater on Thursday afternoon.

Springwater Fire crews were called to a location on Elliot Sideroad near Flos Road 6 around 4 p.m. to find the roof of the barn had collapsed, with a number of cattle trapped inside.

Extra resources were brought in to aid in the rescue, and crews were able to save five cows from within. However, one suffered serious injuries and had to be euthanized by on-scene veterinarians.

“This was a difficult and dangerous operation, trying to rescue large animals from the collapsed structure in cold and deep snow conditions,” says Springwater Fire Deputy Chief Jeff French. “Thank you to everyone who came out to assist including Wasaga Beach Fire, Barrie Technical Rescue team, Simcoe County Paramedics who were on standby, Tiny Township Fire for providing coverage and the veterinarian services on scene. Most importantly thank you to the farmers and neighbours who came out to provide assistance with snow removal and animal control. You exemplify the true meaning of community.”

It is believed heavy snow led to the barn roof’s collapse.