WATKINS - Area fire departments responded to a barn fire yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

At about 4:45 p.m. crews were called to a fire at the John and Louise Schultz farm on County Road 21 near Watkins.

A passerby noticed smoke coming from one of the cattle barns.  The passerby then released the livestock from the barn, and none were hurt.

Two farm buildings were fully engulfed and firefighters were not able to save those buildings.