Fire takes Batavia man's prized possessions, his herd of prized goats

BATAVIA TWP., Ohio -- A fire left a man to mourn Wednesday after it took the lives of his prized goats within a few hours.

Tyler Puckett's goats won awards at competitions around the country, and helped fuel his passion.

"I've done three things in my life," Pucket said. "Go to school, work and raise goats."

Puckett's eight prized goats, including two kids, died in a fire that burned his Clermont County barn. Puckett's grandfather, Ronnie said they'd used a heat lamp to keep the newborns warm.

"We think the mom got up this morning waking them up and heat the heat lamp and it either busted or…" Puckett said. "I can't say I'm doing good. I can't say I'm doing bad. I say, I, I, I have two left. The two that I have are bucks, but the babies - the future of my whole farm are gone."

His next step is to build pens to keep the two bucks safe. Puckett plans to stay busy with the task, and try to keep his mind away from his hard loss.

"This is a part of me," he said. "This has been a part of me for seven years."

Ronnie Puckett said his, "dream basically blew up."

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