LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. --
Fire destroyed a barn in Lancaster County Monday morning.
The blaze broke out at about 3 a.m. in the barn at the Donegal Creek Dairy Farm.
Police officers spotted the fire while on patrol. They said flames could be seen from several miles away.
Firefighters were not able to save a 200-year-old barn or the 70 cows inside the building.
Joe Wivell owns the farm.
The fire started on the second floor of the barn, he said.
But he doesn't know what caused it.
Firefighters said they aren't sure yet either.
Wivell said the barn is insured, but he does not plan to rebuild.
"A lot of those cows have value on them, but then they were carrying calves and, you know, that next generation and so you don't account for that, said Wivell. So, you know, it's just a very hard loss."
Damage is estimated at about $600,000.