Amid barn flames, first responders help cow give birth to calf - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Amid barn flames, first responders help cow give birth to calf

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A newborn calf receives oxygen with the help of fire officials. (South Windsor Fire Dept. photo) A newborn calf receives oxygen with the help of fire officials. (South Windsor Fire Dept. photo)
(South Windsor Fire Dept. photo) (South Windsor Fire Dept. photo)
(South Windsor Fire Dept. photo) (South Windsor Fire Dept. photo)
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EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A livestock barn went up in flames Wednesday night in East Windsor.

Amid the chaos, first responders helped a mother cow, named Kiwi, give birth to a calf.

It happened at the Rabida farm on Niederwerfer Road in the Broad Brook section of town.

East Windsor police said medics provided oxygen to a newborn calf because of the poor air quality from the fire.

Those who know the family reported that some of the livestock died in the fire, including cows and a horse.

They called it a "glimmer of hope in what was a tragic evening for the farm community."

The barn was home to a lot of livestock, and the family lost 20 goats in the fire.

"That's where we milked all of our cows, we took care of them, all of our feed was in that barn," said Donald Rabida of Windy Hill Farm. "Everything from buckets, to pitch forks to medical needs and stuff like that. We lost everything."

Rabida's grandfather built the Windy Hill Dairy Barn.

"That's our living. That's where we make all of our income..the farm," Rabida said.

A number of fire departments responded, including Broad Brook, Warehouse Point, South Windsor, Ellington, Tolland, Vernon, Enfield and Crystal Lake.

There's no word on the fire's cause.

A portion of Niederwerfer Road was closed Wednesday night while the fire was fought.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help the family get back on their feet. A link to it can be found here.

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