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Fire in Copake destroys barn, kills cows

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COPAKE—A fire that broke out at about 3 p.m. Thursday destroyed a barn and killed 35 to 40 milk cows at the Miller farm on Empire Road.Some cows were still in the barn as firefighters strove to put out the flames.

Televised reports said that neighbors and firefighters were able to lead many of the herd to safety, but some of the cows were afraid to leave the burning building.

At least six fire companies responded to the fire in the sub-freezing temperatures.

More details will follow.

Photos by David Lee.One of the Miller farm dairy cows wanders as her home burns behind her.

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