Community steps up for victims of Ancram farm fire
ANCRAM, N.Y. (WRGB) - It's been a tough 48 hours for one Columbia County family who watched hundreds of years of work burn away in a terrible barn fire on Sunday.
"Surreal. I’m numb, still," said Michael Miller.
Miller and his wife Emily sat on their porch on Tuesday and watched the aftermath of a fire Sunday night that burnt their dairy farm to the ground.
"Can't sleep,” Michael Miller said. “Two nights of sleepless nights, wondering how long that will continue."
Michael Miller's family has been milking cows on Millerhurst Dairy Farm in Ancram for two centuries. On Sunday, 46 cows died in the fire. One survived.
"Our cows have names, not numbers,” he said.
It's not the first devastation the family has seen.
"We've gone through a lot in the past nine years," Emily Miller said.
The Millers lost a son nine years ago. He left behind their granddaughter.
"I knew this community was amazing, because when my son passed away, they stepped up,” Emily Miller said. “The community support then was incredible."
And, she says, it's just as amazing now.
A GoFundMe, with a goal of $20,000, raised over $75,000 in just one day.
"It's mind-boggling," Michael Miller said.
The Millers say the endless meals people are bringing them are helping them get through the days, and the money raised will help in the long run.
"We love cows, it's our life,” Michael Miller said.
“I think we would disappoint the community and ourselves if we didn't rebuild,” his wife said.
Emily Miller says thanks to their neighbors, near and far, Millerhurst will be back to what it was, once again.
"We will make it through this," she said.
Michael Miller also thanked responders who helped stop the fire from spreading and saved the original 200-year-old barn.