Firefighter Killed in Silo Explosion on New York Farm

April 13, 2010

iR Investigators are trying to determine what caused a silo to catch fire and explode, killing a firefighter on the same northern New York farm where an earlier blaze killed more than 100 cows.

Authorities say Sackets Harbor Assistant Fire Chief Garrett Loomis was near the top of the burning silo when it exploded Sunday morning. The 26-year-old was transported to the hospital in nearby Watertown where he was pronounced dead.

The explosion occurred at the North Harbor Dairy Farm in the town of Hounsfield, 60 miles north of Syracuse. The farm lost 104 cows in a barn fire on Thursday.

Both fires remain under investigation.

Loomis became assistant fire chief in Sackets Harbor’s volunteer department last Tuesday

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