Rokeyroad Holsteins’ fire results in $150,000 damage

By Heather Freeman
Sabetha Herald – June 17, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – June 24, 2015

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During the evening of Wednesday, June 10, Dwight Rokey was preparing for the next feeding at Rokeyroad Holsteins’ farm. He pulled out a brand new bale of hay that was cut only a month ago. He went inside the house for 15 minutes and came back out to find the entire hay shed on fire.

The flames, fire trucks, police and ambulances could clearly be seen from Highway 36.

Rokeyroad Holsteins is located 1/4 mile north of Highway 36 on T Road.

Although the fire was near the animals, the Sabetha and Seneca Fire Departments kept the fire under control and were on scene battling the blaze until 1 a.m.

A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was present during the blaze and was scheduled to further investigate on the scene Monday afternoon, June 15.

What caused the fire is still unclear, said Leigha Rokey, daughter of Dwight and Anita Rokey, owners of Rokeyroad Holsteins.

The fire in combination with continued rain has caused Rokeyroad Holsteins to cancel “Breakfast on the Farm.” The event was being planned for June 20 and included a free breakfast and tours of the farm.

Rokeyroad Holsteins plans to reschedule the event later in the summer.

Rokeyroad Holsteins has a lot of work ahead of them, with the plan to clean up and rebuild, L. Rokey said.

The total loss of the fire is estimated between $100,000 to $150,000. Items lost in the fire include several semi loads of alfalfa and straw, a skid loader, a goose-neck trailer, a grain truck, stock trailer, wagons, fencing supplies, gardening supplies, sawdust and many other items.

“A huge thank you to everyone that helped us get it under control,” L. Rokey said.



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