UPDATED: Barn Roof Collapse at Eastleigh Farm; Animals Trapped Inside

Two cows were killed Wednesday morning when a barn roof collapsed at Eastleigh Farm.

A barn roof collapsed at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m. trapping and injuring cows. Credit: Sue Wambolt
A barn roof collapsed at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m. trapping and injuring cows. Credit: Sue Wambolt
Originally posted at 8:35 a.m. Updated at 10:15 a.m. with photos. Last update at 11:55 p.m.

Early Wednesday morning, a barn roof collapsed at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham trapping 10 cows, fatally wounding two of the animals.

Emergency crews, including police, fire, animal control and veterinarians,  responded to the scene just after 7:30 a.m. The Framingham Fire Department had to use saws to rescue the cows trapped under the debris from the metal and wood barn.

Framingham Animal Control Officer Kathy MacKenzie said the injured cows were being treated for soft tissue injuries and hypothermia.

"Neighbors came by and gave blankets to keep them warm and the state animal control was on scene as well as local vets and other farmers to help," said photographer Kevin Cummings.

Eastleigh Farm issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon.

"We here at Eastleigh Farm would like to Thank everyone who came out and helped and supported us on this horrible morning. Framingham firefighters, Framingham Police, The town of Framingham workers, neighbors, friends and family, You all were an amazing support to us and especially to our ladies who needed you." 

Those who wish to help the farm and the injured cows are asked to bring "blankets and towels to keep our injured girls warm, as well as Clorox Bleach and ALL (the brand) dye free and fragrance free laundry detergent. These are essential in keeping things clean for our girls."

Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Burns said firefighters had to remove roof debris off the cows. He told those on the scene that four of the cows were able to stand on their own after they were uncovered.

Snow likely was the reason for the roof collapse, said one emergency official.

*** Updated at 11:53 a.m.

Emergency crews reporting two of the cows have died.

*** Original report

There was a report of a roof collapse at Eastleigh Farm on Edmands Road, before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The report has a barn roof collapsing with animals trapped inside.

Emergency crews on the scene are using chain saws to free the seven trapped cows. There are unconfirmed reports of 2 cows injures.

Framingham Patch will follow up when we have more details.
Caroline P. February 19, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Welcome back!!!!!!
Maureen Hoye McCarthy February 19, 2014 at 08:42 AM
So sad. Please update. Welcome back Susan!
Kristin February 19, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Welcome back Susan made my am to see a post from you :) but very sad about the farm love that place!
Kristen Nason February 19, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Hoping for good news! Susan, We missed you!
Ellen M February 19, 2014 at 08:44 AM
This is really sad. Welcome back Susan!
Harvey Chafitz February 19, 2014 at 08:44 AM
We're all so happy to see that you've returned !! Keep us informed as you always did !!
Allison February 19, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Welcome back, Susan! I was so happy to see your name, and a local news story, although I'm sad about the actual article. I hope the Eastleigh cows are ok.
JoJo February 19, 2014 at 09:02 AM
William LaBarge February 19, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Welcome back, Susan. Sad that Eastleigh Farm had that roof collapse. Hope that Eastleigh Farm is able to recover from this disaster.
Denise Zadina February 19, 2014 at 09:30 AM
This is a sad situation. Happy you're back.
Adam Blumer February 19, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Welcome back. Hope all is ok at the farm.
Cheryl Tully Stoll February 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Welcome back Susan. I hope the animals at the farm are unharmed.
JRR February 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Such sad news. I wasn't anticipating finding any news about this on the Patch knowing you weren't around Susan. I was shocked to see the headline and thought some reporter stepped up their game THEN I realized that you are back - so happy for you Susan, for all us too!!
Linda Dunbrack February 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM
So sorry about this situation, but thrilled to see local news from our favorite local editor. Welcome back.
Kevin Cummings February 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM
There will be more pictures. I emailed Susan a bunch with an update. In short, 10 cows trapped, 2 died. Sad to hear that 2 died, but at least it wasn't a total loss for the family.
TMM February 19, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Would the New Hampshire regional editor have covered this news? Doubt it. I can't picture him rushing to Framingham to cover the news. Glad we have Susan Petroni back!
Kevin Cummings February 19, 2014 at 01:23 PM
I would have run out. I heard about it on Facebook, and as I was leaving, it came on the news so yes, it would have been covered anyways. I would have been there sooner, but I was outside cleaning my driveway and got the news as soon as I came inside.
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Thanks for the support. I am happy to be back. I started getting the alerts early this morning. Terrible about the two cows. There are a handful of other cows still being treated by the vets. I have received many messages on how the public can help and I will reach out to the farm to see what they need. I will post an update later today.
Rick Matias February 19, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I hope everyone is ok up at eastleigh. =(
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 03:47 PM
I just posted a statement from Eastleigh Farms, which mentions how the community can help!
Bob Percy February 19, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Hi Susan - thanks for keeping us informed about the farm's needs at this terrible time. I heard earlier that they were requesting donations of blankets, but don't know what else they may need. It's lousy weather out there (cold rain).
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Bob - it is a terrible day and the sleet is not helping. While I appreciate the support from the community over the past three weeks, it is Eastleigh Farms that could use the community's support today. I hope those who can, can donate needed items to the farm and the injured cows!
Bob Percy February 19, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Susan - our posts crossed - *thanks* for the new info!
Mary Gonzales February 19, 2014 at 05:39 PM
So sad about the two cows! Hope the others recover. The only good news in that breaking news alert was seeing Susan's name!!
Kevin Cummings February 19, 2014 at 05:45 PM
I dropped off a couple of blankets and found out that the cows that survived will be ok. It will take a few days, but all is well.
Charlene S. February 19, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Such a tragedy at Eastleigh. They have not had it easy. I will drop off supplies tonight. Susan but so happy to see you reporting again! Can't wait until tomorrow's newsletter and more news from Framingham.
Alexgp442 February 20, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Tragic events at Eastleigh Farm, but it was so nice to get the breaking news with Susan Petroni reporting. Thanks Mr. Hale for listening to the community! It was a win-win for Patch and Framingham to have Susan back as editor.
Robin Rastani February 21, 2014 at 08:27 AM
What is the status of the cows that were down (I.e., not able to stand up)? I'm a dairy nutritionist that grew up in Framingham & I currently reside in Wisconsin. If the cows are still having difficulty standing, I'd recommend a water trailer called "aqua cow". The cow is placed in an open trailer, the walls of the trailer put back on, and the water helps her to rise & float. She won't put weight on her limbs, but the movement will help the soft tissue on her limbs. This is common place on many dairies in the US. http://www.aquacowsystem.com/aquacow.html
Kevin Cummings February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
They are expected to be ok. I talked to a worker later in the day when I went back (I am a photographer and took the images). He said it would take a few days with meds, etc.


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