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No injuries reported following North Branford barn fire

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Two barns were on fire on Mill and Forest roads in North Branford on Wednesday morning. (WFSB) Two barns were on fire on Mill and Forest roads in North Branford on Wednesday morning. (WFSB)
NORTH BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) -

At least one barn was fully engulfed in flames in North Branford, prompting concerns for nearby cattle.

It happened at Larry Augur Farm near Mill and Forest roads on Wednesday morning.

Owner Kerry Augur gave photos of the blaze to Channel 3. Take a look at the flames here.

She said she heard a popping sound, but didn't think anything of it. Her husband went downstairs around 5:45 a.m. and that's when they realized it was a fire.

When firefighters arrived, they said they heard multiple explosions.

"Radio traffic from the police officers that arrived on scene first was that multiple explosions were taking place," said Chief Bill Seward, North Branford Fire Department. "That's kinda anticipated with what the exposures were at the time."

Inside the barn was a 275 gallon oil tank, along with propane cylinders and herbicides.

Wallingford and Durham fire crews were called in as backup.

Augur said they lost tractors, other vehicles, equipment and hay in the barn.

All of their roughly 45 cows are ok.

“I clicked on Channel 3 news to see the weather and I see this fire at a barn," said Donna Wade, who lives nearby. "And I’m like, 'oh boy another one.' Now I see North Branford, now I freak out.”

Wade, a retired animal control officer in North Branford, said she grabbed as many leashes as she could find and headed to the address to see if she could help.

"I’m wondering what animal is screaming or crying or needs me," Wade said. "It’s a horrible feeling.”

However, crews on the scene said her help was not needed.

There were no reports of animals or people being hurt.

“I’m here to help, but they said right now, everything with the animals is okay," Wade said. “And they can always call me back and I’ll come running.”

Firefighters said they did have some challenges with this fire.

"One of the difficulties was, we're in the middle of the field," Seward said. "It's not only cold, it's also a wind-driven fire. It just accelerates the rate of burning."

"We're in the Northeast so fighting fire in the cold environment is something we have to get used to," he added.

Seward said firefighters were going to spend most of the day wetting down pockets of fire.

The Augurs applauded the town, police and fire departments for the quick response.

They said they will rebuild.

A cause has yet to be determined.

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