Community helps farm after barn, animals burned in fire


    Since the fire, the community has stood by them; a GoFundMe has been set up to help the farm re-build.

    BENZIE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Benzie County community is lending support to one of its own.

    Last week, flames burned through the more than 6,000 square foot barn at Laural Wayna’s barn at her Butterfly Acres organic farm.

    Wayna says around 50 animals were killed in the fire, including horses, goats and rabbits.

    "They were like my kids, they all had a name, came when they were called," said Wayna.

    However, four horses, several rabbits, and some chickens were able to make it out of the barn.

    The family sells products like homemade soaps and lotions, flowers, and herbs at the Elberta Farmers Market.

    Since the fire, the community has stood by them. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the farm re-build.

    “The fire men, AJ’s Construction, they actually offered to bury the animals when they were knocking down the fire, animal control rescued my horses because I have no more food and shelter for them,” Wanya said. “From this point on everyone has been pulling up helping, I was just overwhelmed that everyone wanted me to still have this way of life.”

    Wayne says they do not have insurance, but plan to be continue the farm with the hope of rebuilding and starting back up as soon as possible.

    Wayna say the barn has stood at the location at Homestead Road and Zimmerman Road since the 1890s.

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