The Battle Creek Enquirer reported the fire happened at a farm near Hickory Corners, about 40 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. No people were in the barn at the time and firefighters were called after an employee spotted smoke.
No people were injured. It took crews about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. The cause was under investigation.
The exact number of cows killed wasn’t known, but Lt. Dennis Barnum of the Hickory Corners Fire Department estimated that 80 cows died.