BERNE, N.Y. - A barn has collapsed in the town of Berne Wednesday afternoon.
The barn collapse occurred at Sisson Farm off Colehill Road around 2:30 p.m. NEWS10 is told 37 cows were inside the barn at the time the roof gave away, four of them were killed.
Officials say it was a challenge responding because the building was deemed unsafe to go into.
Responding officials work to remove bales of hay which lay on the second floor of the barn, which had collapsed to the first floor trapping the cattle.
Using tractors, portions of walls and the roof were removed so rescue workers could continue the search for the missing cattle.
The cows which did not survive were removed from the rubble and workers are continuing to try remove debris and hay to locate the other cows.
Members of the Albany County Sheriff's Office, the Berne Fire Department, East Berne Fire Department and Westerlo Fire Department responded to the scene and remain at the scene at this time.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation, however the Sheriff's Office says it was likely due to the weight of new hay which had been stored on the second floor of the barn.
NEWS10 is on the scene. Check back to NEWS10.com for updates.