By BRENDAN KIRBY
Fire quickly engulfed a barn east of Hagerstown Monday afternoon, killing three calves and damaging farming equipment, fire officials said.
No one was hurt in the fire at 11219 Kieffer Funk Road, which is near White Hall Road about halfway between Hagerstown and Smithsburg.
Nathan Martin said he was working in a field at about 4:30 p.m. when the fire broke out. His children, who had just returned from school and were preparing to milk the cows, came running down from the barn, he said.
Martin ran to the barn to try and save equipment and about 40 calves that were inside.
"Five minutes later, fire was falling down through open doors," he said.
His wife, Rebecca Martin, said her son told her he heard something go "boom" while he was working in the barn. When she looked from her house next door, she said she was surprised at how quickly the fire had spread.