Mechernich (dpa / lnw) - In a barn fire in Mechernich (Euskirchen district), neighbors rescued all animals from a cowshed on Saturday.

The police said there were around 30 cows and calves in the barn.

Neighbors helped drive them outside.

Three people inhaled so much toxic smoke during the rescue operation that they had to be hospitalized.

The farm's barn burned down completely.

An adjacent house was badly damaged, it said.

The cause of fire was unclear for the moment.

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