Two-alarm fire at Stauffer Dairy Farm in Washougal
Two structures destroyed
Monday, July 2, 2012
Emergency crews responded to a two-alarm fire early this morning at Stauffer's Dairy Farm in Washougal.
East County Fire and Rescue was dispatched to 541 S.E. Blair Road at approximately 12:30 a.m., and arrived to find the loafing shed and milking shed fulling involved with fire, ECFR Public Information Officer Rick Knapp said this morning.
In addition to ECFR, crews from Camas, Washougal and Vancouver also responded. Because there were no hydrants in the immediate area, water tenders had to be brought in to battle the blaze. The approximately 60 by 80 foot loafing shed, where the cows are kept prior to milking, was the largest of the two structures destroyed.
Stauffer Dairy Farm was established in 1937 and has approximately 140 head of dairy cows. Two cows are suspected to have died in the fire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Read an updated version of this story in the Tuesday, July 3 edition of the Post-Record.