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4 Dozen Animals Die After Holliston Barn Engulfed In Flames

HOLLISTON (CBS/AP) -- About four dozen animals have died after a barn went up in flames on Sunday morning, officials said.

The fire required crews from multiple surrounding towns to help put out the blaze. Holliston, Ashland, Sherborn, Framingham, and Southborough firefighters were called to the scene.

According to Holliston Police, they first received word of the fire on Concord Street just before 6:30 a.m.

Officials told The MetroWest Daily News that there were about 60 animals in the barn including cows, goats, pigs, chickens and ducks. Authorities said 13 of them escaped or were rescued, including six chickens, four ducks and three pigs.

Firefighter work to put out a barn fire in Holliston on Sunday (Photo Courtesy: Ashland Firefighter Local 1893)

A number of officials were called to investigate after the fire, including an Ashland/Holliston Animal Control officer, a Holliston building inspector, a Board of Health official, a wiring inspector, and a State Fire Marshal investigator.

Concord Street was temporarily shut down while crews worked but has since reopened.

Officials said they are looking into what started the fire.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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