Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nebraska hog farm fire presumed accidental

    A hog farm fire in Jefferson County, Nebraska, occurred on March 22 and is believed to have been accidental.
    From WATTAgNet:
    A fire that damaged six buildings at a large hog farm in Jefferson County, Nebraska, on March 22 is believed to have been accidental.
    The fire, which is being investigated by the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, are looking at some heavy equipment as a possible source of the blaze.
    Firefighters from at least 20 area departments in Nebraska and Kansas battled the fire at a hog farm near Reynolds owned by Livingston Enterprises Inc. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered several buildings on fire, and two more ignited while emergency personnel was on the scene, reported the JournalStar. The hog confinement buildings were connected, so firefighters used a backhoe to separate some and managed to save four more, Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause said.
    Firefighters cut power to the complex to shut off giant ventilation fans that helped fan the flames, Krause said. Weather also hampered their efforts. "A front came through and about halfway through the attack the winds changed and we had to move our equipment," Krause said.
    No people were injured, but some animals died in the fire. No damage estimate has yet been made available.
    The fire, which was reported around 5:30 p.m., was contained by about 11 p.m.

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