Newton County barn fire kills 4-H animals


NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A rural Newton County barn housing animals for the upcoming 4-H season was destroyed by fire Friday night.

According to Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Chief Kyle Conrad, barn owners Ryan and Jennifer Kindig were at their home just west of Brook when the fire started, which killed 47 hogs and 5 goats. Many of the animals were to be used by in this year’s 4-H projects.

Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire received the call for the barn fire just before 11:00 p.m. Automatic mutual aid was provided by the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and additional assistance was requested for Goodland and Morocco Fire Departments. Newton County EMS was on standby at the scene alongside officers from the Brook Police Department and Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews remained on scene until after 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Two Brook firefighters received minor injuries due to falls on the ice but did not receive medical attention. 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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