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Barns collapse under ice

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The weight of sleet accumulating on roofs destroyed or damaged several buildings across the county over the past few days.

Saving Goats

SAVING GOATS – Shelby Bradshaw, a junior at Paradise High School, feeds goats rescued from a collapsed animal barn at Boyd High School Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

It started Friday afternoon when Boyd High School’s relatively new agricultural sciences barn collapsed on top of a herd of goats.

The metal roof was crushed under the ice, but none of the eight goats inside were injured. Boyd police officers, firefighters, ag teachers and the superintendent carried the goats one by one to safety.

“Luckily, the pens we constructed were strong enough to protect the goats,” said Boyd ag teacher Scott Rawlings.

The collapsed roof was resting on top of the pipe pens that housed the animals. The school was closed due to weather.

“Luckily, no kids were up here, so no one was hurt, and no animals were hurt,” said Boyd Superintendent Ted West, who was on hand helping move animals and items from the barn.

Even though school was closed, several students were playing on sleds at the nearby football field.

“It sounded like a car crash,” said Cameron Clark, a junior at Boyd High School.

“The police showed up, and all the goats were rescued,” said Shelby Bradshaw, a junior from nearby Paradise High.

The goats were all projects for the upcoming Fort Wort Stock Show and Wise County Youth Fair. Rawlings said they would find a new place to house the animals, and all the students would still be able to show their goats. The ag barn was just constructed last fall.

“A lot of time people don’t realize how much this stuff weighs,” said Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis of the accumulated ice.

The ice also crushed a rodeo arena next to Living Word Church near the northwest corner of the intersection of Farm Road 407 and U.S. 287. The large metal structure folded in on itself beneath a blanket of ice. The arena was vacant when it collapsed.

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