At least 30 goats die in Simpsonville barn fire


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 10:28 PM

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A fire killed at least 30 goats on a Simpsonville farm Wednesday morning. The barn is a complete loss and the owner, Howard Shelbourne, expects even more goats could die.

" It was one heck of a shock,I'll tell ya," Shelbourne said.

A neighbor heard the goats in distress overnight then saw the fire consuming the barn and called to wake Howard up.

"It was about 3:30, 4 o'clock in the morning and he woke me up out of bed beating on the door," Shelbourne said.

Within minutes it was too late.

"I pulled this panel around and there was about four . Right against this panel from the heat. We got them out . I'd say 15 or more died in that there where they slept. They didn't come out," Shelbourne said.

Thirty goats died in the fire, the few that survived ran out of the burning barn. Neighbors came to help out after the tragedy.

"I haven't lost a barn yet with animals in it but it's devastating to go down there and see what they are having to go through this morning, " Vicki Sanford Beard, neighbor said.

The Simpsonville Fire Department is still investigating the exact cause, but arson has been ruled out. Investigators believe that a heating lamp used to warm the babies tipped over and caught shavings on fire.

For Howard it's just too much of a loss and says he is doubtful that he will rebuild. Shelbourne plans to board the remaining goats with neighbors.