MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio – More than a dozen goats and donkeys were killed after a fire destroyed a Seville barn Thursday morning.
The homeowner called 911 around 8 a.m. as flames engulfed the back barn with more than a dozen goats and three donkeys inside, according to Seville Fire Chief Jerry Winkler.
"The donkeys, we always got a kick out of them. They were fun to watch. I don't know, it's sad," said Cort Goodwin, a neighbor.
Crews didn't have a chance to save the animals inside the burning barn, according to Chief Winkler.
Firefighters arrived just three minutes after the 911 call to find the barn fully engulfed in flames. The owner was outside hosing down an adjacent metal building that had 20 dogs inside it.
All the dogs survived. Several goats and a horse survived as well.
According to the website for the property, Valhalla Ridge Farm, the business sells pedigree toy fox terriers.
"It's sad that the animals aren't here, but what can you do?" Goodwin said.
Goodwin said the fire was, at one point, just yards away from his home, but he didn't find out about the blaze until more than an hour after the flames were extinguished.
"Why wouldn't somebody let us know?" Goodwin said.
The woman who lives at the home said she was too upset to talk on camera and is in total shock.
Winkler said fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire, but at this point, it does not appear suspicious.