Farmers still cleaning up 6 months after fire breaks out - WNEM TV 5

Farmers still cleaning up 6 months after fire breaks out

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FAIRGROVE, MI (WNEM) -

A family is struggling after a fire destroyed their farm six months ago.

Out to pasture, in the dead of winter, cattle could only look on as their home went up in flames.

The fire happened at a farm at the corner of Gilford and Kirk in Fairgrove in January.  Inside the barn when the fire broke out were about 80 cows.

Crews from eight different Tuscola County fire departments worked to knock down the flames and were on scene for nearly nine hours. 

As crews tried to put it out, the farming community came together to help out one of their own.

"This is probably the biggest one I've been at to help with as far as numbers inside a barn," David Baumeister said.

Baumeister made the 45-minute drive from his cattle ranch in Deckerville once he heard the news and he wasn't alone.

In fact, ranchers from all over the thumb came to pitch in and help Kirk and Cindy Dinsmoore.

"They want to help out as much as they can, so some guys come around with some trucks and some trailers to get the cattle moved out of here to get them into other facilities to keep them from getting sick, too worked up, and stressed out," Baumeister said.

Fairgrove Fire Chief Douglas Young said the tragedy could have been far worse if it wasn't for the quick actions of the cow handlers.

"For the amount of head they had here, to get them out as fast as they did, they did a really good job," Young said.

The couple lost 25 of their cows in the fire, most of their barns and many tools.

Those who came to assist said the owners of the farm will have one less thing to worry about.

"This is stressful enough as it is, we don't need them to worry about getting all the cattle out of here by themselves," Baumeister said.

Six months later the family is struggling to get the farm back up and running.

Their insurance company will not fully cover the costs to rebuild the cattle operation and they are asking for the community's help. You can visit their GoFundMe page here.

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