Fire destroys 150-year-old barn, kills 300 animals - WNEM TV 5

Fire destroys 150-year-old barn, kills 300 animals

LIMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a fire destroyed a 150-year-old wooden barn on a family farm near Ann Arbor, killing about 300 animals.

AnnArbor.com says (http://bit.ly/IExKYn ) the fire broke out Wednesday at the farm in Lima Township, about 12 miles west of Ann Arbor.

Owner Douglas Welshans says the dead animals include a horse, a steer, about 200 rabbits, 50 hens and 50 chicks. He says his daughters planned to show some of the rabbits and chickens and the steer at the Washtenaw County 4-H show this summer. The horse was a mare named Tina and was a gift to the girls from another family.

Authorities say about 40 firefighters from Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Saline and Scio Township battled the blaze for about an hour.

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