Hundreds of hogs are dead following a fire that started in the mechanical room connecting two 50-by-200 foot livestock barns in West Cocalico Township, Pennsylvania on Monday. Reinholds Fire Chief Kent Reich told Jennifer Todd at LancasterOnline.com that about 400 hogs had been rescued. Many of them can be seen roaming around the fireground as firefighters work to control the fire. The barn held 1400 hogs.
Reich said even as the crews were packing up after being on the scene for eight hours hogs were still being brought out alive.
The fire was reported just before 9:00 AM and took four hours to control.
Reich said when he arrived, fire and heavy smoke were visible in the western ends of both structures. Crews aggressively attacked the blaze from outside the building as other firefighters and employees worked to remove the hogs.
Reich said firefighters cut holes in the roof of the metal structures to try to get ahead of the fast-moving fire, which traveled the length of the barns through an attic space.
“We just couldn’t get a handle on it,” he said, adding that the fire fed off the barns’ wooden trusses.
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Photo: Dan Marschka, Associated Press / Lancaster