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A dozen calves killed in barn fire

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ELLENTON, GA (WALB) - Roughly a dozen calves died in a barn fire this weekend in Colquitt County. Now investigators are trying to figure out how it started

Ellenton Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Passmore says the barn on 985 Alton road was in flames when crews arrived around 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

The owner says he lost 12 to 14 calves in the fire. He had just purchased them about a week ago, and he was on his way to buy more during the time of the fire. A four-wheeler, a golf cart, and other equipment were destroyed in the blaze. The insurance company is handling the damage claims.

This comes less than three days after 12,000 baby chicks died in a fire that destroyed a chicken house, also located in Colquitt County. The 16,000 square foot International Poultry Breeders facility in Norman Park caught fire around midnight Wednesday. Fire officials think one of the heat lamps used to keep the chickens warm sparked the fire.

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