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Neighbors pitching in after Cache County family loses thousands in hay barn fire

The Creech family is working to clean up their farm after a fire destroyed an estimated $350,000 of hay and equipment on Saturday. (Family photo)

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CORNISH, Cache County — A farming family in northern Utah is dealing with a huge loss after a fire destroyed an estimated $350,000 of hay and equipment.

The Creech family are third-generation dairy farmers and have spent many years saving, and working to build a farm in the Cache Valley. But their hard work over the summer to produce hay to feed their livestock this winter was wiped out by a devastating fire on Saturday.

Two sheds, full of a year's crop of hay and a bunch of farm equipment, were reduced to smoldering piles of rubble.

Now, the family's 300 cattle, including their 110 milking cows, won't have feed going into this winter.

"This is farming, what we sign up for every day. My dad jokes, (the) reason why I don't go to Vegas to gamble is because I do it that every day. We do that here on the farm," said Colton Creech.

Creech said he's gone through a range of emotions, and he said it'll be hard to recover financially and emotionally.

"Out of that and tears that we've shed over this place, there's a lot of good that's happened, and that should not be any surprise given the place that we live and the great friends and neighbors and people that we have surrounding us."

A GoFundMe* account has already raised more than $17,000. There are donations as small as $10 up to $5,000.

* does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.


Tamara Vaifanua


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