Dozens of animals die in barn blaze on Holliston farm

Ashland Fire Department

A blaze destroyed a barn, killing most of the animals trapped inside at a Holliston farm Sunday morning, fire officials said.

A number of calls from a nearby housing complex reported the fire around 6:25 a.m., according to Ashland Fire Lieutenant David Iarussi. The property, 755 Concord St., straddles the Holliston-Ashland line.

Inside were 2 cows, 22 goats, 9 pigs, and multiple chickens and ducks. Most of those animals died in the fire, including all of the cows and goats, Iarussi said. The fire was knocked down within two hours, but the barn was “totally destroyed,” he said in a phone interview. He also noted that the property was not owned by the animal owner.


The cause of the fire, which is under investigation by state fire marshals, is not known, he said.

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Rebecca Woodworth Brodie, who identified herself as the owner of the animals, wrote about the fire on a Holliston Facebook group Sunday. “These animals were all rescues and very much loved and cared for — they had names. They had distinct personalities,” she said.

Brodie could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday night.

Ashland Fire Department

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