Friday, 16 November 2018 18:01

Community rallies behind barn owner after fire Featured

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LEVANT - Yesterday's fire in Levant destroyed a barn and killed more than a dozen head of cattle. Today, community members are rallying around the barn owner and hoping for the best outcome.

As the snow fell on Friday morning, Rex Kneeland's barn continued to smolder. He's been cleaning up the damage from yesterday's fire, and has the support of the community behind him.

 

"Everybody knows Rex in the town of Levant," said neighbor Greg Stokes. "He's the mailman also, and again, anything he needs he'll get, I'm quite certain of it."

 

Kneeland has made much of his living raising beef cattle. He lost 15 yesterday.

 

"It's awful sad because you know, you hate to lose animals," said Stokes. "Better animals than people but even so, you hate to lose anything."

 

Stokes lives just up the street from Kneeland, and experienced a fire in his pwn home about ten years ago.

 

"The first person at the door was Rex," said Stokes.

 

That's why the people of Levant are wishing him the best.

 

"I'm hoping that there's something that can be raised," said Ollie's Market Employee Casey Robbins. "If anybody could help they would."

 

The cause of the fire is undetermined and the barn was completely destroyed. Hay caused flames to rekindle on Thursday afternoon, but were quickly put out by the Levant Fire

Department. As Kneeland continues to handle the damage, community members want him to know that they are behind him.

 

"I won't say the cliché 'he'll give you the shirt off his back', but I will say that he will definitely help you and he'll get the help because of it, you know, you get what you give," said Stokes.

 

Alex Bobbyn

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Alex Bobbyn joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 news team in July of 2018.

He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he studied broadcast journalism and economics. While at Penn State, Alex served as the general manager of the schools w...