FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -
A roof collapsed at a cattle barn at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham on Wednesday morning, trapping 10 cows inside.
Fire officials had to use forklifts and front end loaders to free some of the trapped cows.
“Four of them walked out on their own, we had to get them to stand up, but once we did, we used a series of straps and chains and got them on their four legs,” said Deputy Chief Kevin Burns of the Framingham Fire Department.
Those four cows were kept warm with blankets while officials worked to rescue the other cows that couldn’t bear the weight of their own bodies.
With straps, rescuers managed to get out four other cows.
Vets and farmhands were waiting to tend to the injured cows. Rescuers set up IVs and did their best to tend to the frightened and stressed cows, but they're expected to survive.
Two of the cows died from the impact of the collapse. The other eight cows suffered injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to hypothermia.
No people were hurt.
There was more than a foot and a half of snow on the roof, which caused it to collapse, so firefighters are cautioning others to make sure snow is properly removed from the roofs of homes.