HEMLOCK – As of noon on Saturday, Dec. 27, 74 donations have poured in to help two brothers who say they lost three barns, 64 cows, and their livelihood to a Christmas morning fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.
An online donation page started on Christmas Day says that at 2:30 A.M. Christmas morning, a fire started in the barns of Bob and Don Hayton’s family dairy farm, destroying their three main barns and the cows inside.
“It’s such a disturbing thing that your mind doesn’t work,” said Don Hayton. “We have a mess to clean up here, and we still need to get the go-ahead to do that.”
The donation page says that the brothers have lost more than buildings and cows.
“Brothers Bob and Don not only lost over 60 cows in the fire, they lost their livelihood,” says the donation page, organized by Solon Barnard. “Dairy farming is their life and their future is very uncertain.”
Don Hayton added that though no farmers were injured in the fire, he still can’t say that everyone came away ok.
“Not everyone’s ok, 64 of us are not ok,” said Hayton, as if in a daze. “They’re not blood family, but I tell you what, they’re a lot better than a lot of people.”
The donation page says it will continue to be open until Feb. 23. As of Dec. 27, $6,400 have been raised towards their initial goal of $10,000.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo from Donald Hayton’s Facebook page.