October 31, 2013 9:06 am

Quick-thinking students save 100 cows during fire at McGill agricultural campus

MONTREAL – A barn and over 100 cows were saved thanks to a quick-thinking employee and students at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Twelve fire trucks and 60 firefighters were called to the agricultural campus early Thursday morning to battle a blaze that started just before 6 a.m.

The fire caused significant damage and destroyed a barn and two silos that contained bales of hay and feed.

But thanks to the quick actions of an employee, none of the 100 dairy cows housed next to the barn were harmed.

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According to firefighters, the animals were saved because the fire safety doors were swiftly closed to prevent the fire from spreading.

Students then helped to move the cows to pens outside.

The farm buildings were part of the agricultural campus of McGill University located near a highway on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

For a time, provincial police officers were on alert for stray cows while patrolling Highway 40 on Thursday morning near the campus, as four of the animals were at first unaccounted for.

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