COLUMBUS — A massive fire in a barn in Ohio has killed nearly 5,000 pigs and destroyed the entire facility on Wednesday. Firefighters from five counties battled to control the blaze.
The fire started at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Wayne Township, which is about 45 miles southwest of Columbus, around 1:08 p.m.
The fire spread quickly throughout the facility causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke, making it difficult for fire personnel to battle the interior of the fire, said the Fayette County Sheriffs Office.
“Members of the Wayne Township Fire Department were initially dispatched to the scene. As additional information was received that it was a working structure fire, firefighters and resources were requested from Washington Fire Department, Concord-Greene Fire Department, Bloomingburg-Paint-Marion Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, and Pic-A-Fay Fire Department in Fayette County. As the fire intensified, additional fire agencies and resources from Ross, Highland, Pickaway, and Greene counties were requested to respond and assist with battling the fire and providing tankers for water. The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency and Fayette County EMS also responded to the scene,” added the Sheriffs' Office.
One of the firefighters injured his arm at the scene. He was treated at a hospital and later released.