Farmers save livestock during Boonsboro barn fire

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A late morning barn fire in Boonsboro on Sunday drew in eight rescue crews from multiple counties in Maryland and West Virginia.

Washington County emergency dispatchers received the call at 11:30 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene for nearly three hours containing the blaze that ultimately destroyed the barn off of Old National Pike.

“It looked like an ocean, like a tsunami, but just with smoke,” said Rachel Brightwell, an area farmer. “Then as you got closer, it just progressed into flames.”

But before firefighters could even arrive, three area farmers were already working to save the livestock that were trapped inside the barn.

“You’re never emotionally prepared for it, and never physically prepared, but when it happens you have this state of mind to just do everything you can to save what you’ve raised,” Brightwell added.

Brightwell sustained minor burns, but is in good health. Some of the pigs she saved also suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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