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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Fire claims Cooper Farms barn, pigs
A farrowing barn in Grover Hill, Ohio, Farms was destroyed and all of the animals inside were killed in a fire that took place during the early morning hours of March 8. The barn was owned by Cooper Farms.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and a dollar estimate on the losses was not yet available.
A Cooper Farms spokesperson told the Paulding Progress that the White Oak sow farm’s manager, who lives on the site, was woken up by the sounds of the fire. He called for help, with fire departments from Grover Hill, Oakwood, Paulding and Scott responding.
The barn lost was a 400x75-foot wood frame barn with metal siding that was built in 2000. The barn housed 380 sows and their offspring “The fire was contained to one of the two barns, leaving the main barn of 2,200 sows unaffected, thanks to quick action by our team members and the local fire departments,” Cooper Farms stated in a news release. No other employees were at the barn at the time the fire was discovered, said the company spokeswoman.
Founded in 1938, Cooper Farms is a vertically-integrated company dealing in the pig, turkey, egg and feed industries.