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Sheep killed in Waterloo shed fire

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Dozens of sheep were killed this morning in a barn fire in rural Waterloo.

Firefighters were called to 2185 West Shaulis Road around 2 a.m. Thursday, and spent nearly nine hours on the scene.

Cold temperatures didn't help rescue efforts - water was freezing not long after it hit the ground. 

The Waterloo Fire Department said the building held supplies and a herd of sheep. The sheep owner is Ron Pullin, who says some of the animals were for showing, which has been a family tradition for more than 70 years.  "Yeah, it's one of the loves of my life," Pullin said.  "The building can be replaced, and sheep can be in time... but I might not be around, I'm 77 years old."

A similar fire also happened on the Ron Pullin farm December 10, 2010.  Pullin has served as director of the National Cattle Congress.  KWWL archives show the National Cattle Congress sheep show was held on his farm in 1994 during a time the future of the NCC was being re-considered.

No people were injured during this morning's fire.  Rescuers believe the fire may have been connected to heaters used to keep water for the sheep from freezing.

Lauren Moss and Adam Amdor contributed to this report.
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