Dubuque County Farmer Unsure He Will Rebuild Following Barn Fire

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – An 82-year-old dairy farmer says he’s unsure whether to rebuild after a massive fire destroyed his dairy barn south of Dubuque.

Leonard Schuster says he tried to douse the flames himself after discovering that the milking parlor was on fire Wednesday.

Schuster tells the Telegraph Herald that he’s grateful for his neighbors’ help and that all of his 110 cows and calves escaped safely. Neighbors helped move the animals to a farm 13 miles away near Zwingle.

The farm’s milking equipment and tanks were not damaged.

Key West Fire Chief Brian Arnold says the cause of the fire may never be determined because of the extent of the damage.