Weight of Snow Collapses Barn

by Emily Baird on February 17, 2010 at 7:08 am

A Zanesville family is still stunned that their barn is destroyed. The Stillions say heavy snow from the last week and a half brought down the 80 foot long and 50 foot wide structure.

WHIZ’s Emily Baird set out to speak with the family to find out exactly what happened.

"I would never expect what little snow we still had on the roof and even the high winds that the barn would even come down, " says Victor Stillion.

But more than two feet of snow was enough weight to bring this barn down. Stillion says he noticed it when he pulled into his driveway yesterday.

"I noticed the barn looked crooked, and I looked a little more. I just paniced at that point and started running for the barn, " says Stillion.

In the process, Stillion yelled for his wife and daughter, Crystal, who also called a neighbor to come and help.

"I went into the first stall-the secondary stall in the center here. My older mare, she’s 10-years-old and she’s a good mare, she was laying down on her side. The wood and the roof was on top of her, " says Stillion.

The mare’s baby was up against the wall, unable to move anywhere because the boards were up against her. There was also a stallion in one of the back stalls that was a little jumpy.

"I tried to stay calm enough to be able to get everything moved out of the way, so the horses could get through and just try to make a path so I could get up to the hill to let the stallion out, " says daughter, Crystal.

But all three horses seemed to be ok.

"I was really concerned at first when I found her laying on the ground in there. I started pulling everything off easy as soon as I got it up off her leg. She set, got up on her feet, and she was fine, " says Stillion.

There was no serious injuries to the animals, just some minor cuts. Stillion says he wasn’t concerned about the structure of the building when he went in to save his family’s animals.

"I didn’t even think about it. The only thing i was thinking about were my children. They’re just like kids to me…(laughs) " says Stillion.

Now the family has to clean-up this mess, which Stillion says will cost at least 25 to 30 thousand dollars.

"That’s just to replace it and get the barn back up. Then the stalls internally damaged with things inside. So, it’s going to be a long road yet, " says Stillion.

A road that may include rebuilding an entirely new barn.

In Zanesville, I’m Emily Baird for WHIZ News.

Stillion was in good humor despite his family’s loss, and joked, saying at least now they won’t have to worry when the snow melts about the barn flooding.