Firefighters: More than 200 cattle get loose after Licking Co. barn fire

JOHNSTOWN, OH (WCMH) — Firefighters in Licking County had a time of it this morning trying figure out how to corral dozens of cows after a barn fire.

According to Licking County dispatchers, at about 3:54am, Thursday, firefighters were called to a farm in the 3900 block of Beech Road NW, on the report of a barn fire.

Dispatchers say several units were called to the scene, and that the fire was eventually contained, but not before about 250 cattle escaped. Firefighters say many of the cows have been returned to the barn, and others have been transported to another farm. Crews worked throughout the morning to contain the animals and now say they are about 95 percent sure all the cows have been accounted for.

No word on what caused the fire and no injuries were reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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