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Vinton dairy parlor set to reopen after devastating fire

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VINTON (KWWL) -

An area dairy farm is set to open its doors for the first time next month since a devastating fire. The Vinbana Dairy Parlor in Vinton caught fire last November and since then the farm owners have been working to rebuild.

Unfortunately the Birker family was forced to watch their family business crumble right in front of them, but now something they are very proud of stands in it's place.

"It's terrible to watch something you worked for 40 to 45 years go up in smoke," said Ken Birker, Vinbana Dairy Parlor Owner.

Birker says he noticed heavy smoke billowing from the barn and there was nothing he could do to stop it.

"It was a cold. windy, rainy day and we lost all electricity of course and we were loading the cows out that night in the dark," said Birker. "It was unbelievable, it was just a big fire and the fire was in the rafters and we couldn't get it out without an excavator and we pretty well destroyed everything getting the fire out."

Birker says he never thought the fire would do that much damage.

"You don't think it's going to be that bad, but they just couldn't get the fire out," said Birker.

Birker says the cows were inside the barn when the fire started, but employees were able to save all 250 cows. 

"We were actually milking at the time and we got the cows and machinery out and the whole works, thanks to all the employees," said Birker.

Now, 10 months later the family has rebuilt and the cows have come home.

"The fire forced us to change plans a little bit, but we are kind of set up for the future now and that's very important for my family and the whole works," said Birker. 

Birker says the best thing to come out of this fire is a brand new dairy parlor, which can now milk more cows, which expanded the business. Birker says the fire started in the rafters and might have been caused by something electrical or a hot motor.

Vinbana Dairy Parlor is set to open back up October 1. The dairy farm will be holding an open house that day for the public, for more information CLICK HERE.
 

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