ANCRAM — Several animals are believed to have been killed when an early morning fire swept through a barn in Ancram, Fire Chief David Boice said.

Two peacocks and one goat are thought to have perished in the blaze. All the other animals are believed to have escaped from the burning structure, Boice said.

The fire, at 351 Wiltsie Bridge Road, completely destroyed the 3,200-square-foot barn, Boice said.

The fire was reported Wednesday at about 6:45 a.m. by a passerby who spotted the burning structure and notified Columbia County 911.

Ancram Fire Company was sent to the scene, which is located on a one-lane dirt road, about half a mile off Wiltsie Bridge Road.

When the first firefighters arrived, they reported the barn was fully engulfed in flames and requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring fire departments.

Water to fight the blaze was pumped from the Roeliff Jansen Kill, which runs through the property.

The fire was reported to be under control after about an hour, Boice said.

No injuries were reported.

The Columbia County Cause and Origin Team was requested to the scene to investigate, but the fire is not thought to be suspicious, Boice said.

Taghkanic Fire Company assisted at the scene. Copake Fire Company stood by in their firehouse, but were not needed.

Also assisting at the scene were Community Rescue Squad, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.

All fire companies were back in service at 12:09 p.m.

Columbia and Greene counties have not had a barn fire since last summer, when two barns were destroyed in separate fires.

On Aug. 6, a hay barn at Jones Farm, 299 Lime Kiln Road, New Baltimore burned to the ground. Five fire companies assisted Medway-Grapeville Fire Company in putting out the stubborn blaze. Workers at the farm had finished filling the barn with hay several hours before the fire broke out.

On June 7, a barn was destroyed by fire in Stuyvesant. The building was fully engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived at Wil-Roc Farm on county Route 26A.

All the cows that were in the barn when the fire began were rescued before firefighters arrived.

Fifteen fire companies fought the blaze in temperatures that exceeded 95 degrees.

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