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Vernon County farmer suffers burns from barn fire

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Vernon County farmer Steve Humfeld is recovering at a Madison hospital after suffering burns to the side of his head, the back of his head and his arms. As of this morning Humfeld was listed in critical but stable condition.

Vernon County Sheriff Johns Spears says Humfeld was conscious and talking when he arrived on the scene and told him he was in the barn around 5 p.m. Thursday night when he smelled smoke. Humfeld told Spears he went to the hayloft to investigate and saw smoke and lifted a bale to move it in an attempt to smother the fire and in the process the bale “flashed” and burned his head and arms. Humfeld jumped to the lower level of the barn through a hay chute and family members put out the flames on his burning body.

“He was very lucky,” Spears said. “He was talking to me and it didn’t sound like he had any damage to his lungs from the heat.”

The barn contained around 55 head of dairy cows. Eight of those cows made it out according to Spears and it is unclear if all of those will survive. The rest of the cows perished in the fire along with a number of youngstock the family had just moved inside from some calf hutches earlier in the day.

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