Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:44
• L&T staff report
A total of 16 head of cattle are once again safe after a semi trailer caught fire Friday afternoon north of Liberal.
Seward County Fire Chief Mike Rice said around 3 p.m., firefighters were called to a location near the intersection of Hwy. 83 and Hwy. 160 in northern parts of the county for a trailer fire.
Rice reported that the trailer was a total loss, but the cattle were sorted. A few had burn injuries, but there were no fatalities.
Emergency workers got some help from workers at Supreme Feeders, and Rice said after waiting for another truck to arrive, half the herd was reloaded. The other half, meanwhile, had gone into a nearby field and were rounded up and taken back to Supreme Feeders.
Rice said it took about three hours to get the situation under control. He did not, though, have a specific dollar amount concerning the damage to trailer.