More than 100 firefighters respond to Lisbon barn blaze, more than 30 dairy cows killed
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:50 am

LISBON -- Smoke was still rolling from a Pray Road dairy barn, owned by Lisbon volunteer firefighter Francis Morrison, this morning following a Wednesday night fire that killed more than 30 dairy cows.

Firefighters were still working to determine what caused the fire that was called in at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lisbon, Heuvelton, Morley, Waddington and Morristown firefighters responded to the blaze and reported it was fully engulfed upon arrival.

"She was gone before we arrived," Lisbon Fire Chief John McLear said.

No injuries were reported, but the barn was destroyed.

McLear said it was an impressive effort from the departments, which successfully had the fire knocked down by 9 p.m.

"We had a lot of great help from all the departments," he said. "We probably had more than 100 firefighters on scene."

Firefighters said it was a "defensive effort" when they arrived, and were successful in containing the fire to the barn, which is adjacent to the home of Francis Morrison on the Pray Road and his son Lee Morrison on the Tuck Road.

McLear said the majority of the loss was insured.