2018-05-31 / Front Page

Weekend Fire Kills Hundreds Of Hogs

Near Hustontown
STAFF REPORT


Twenty-one fire companies from the larger area responded to a fire at Country View Farms hog operation on South Madden Road near Hustontown Sunday. The photo shows the extended aerial ladder units used to fight the fire which helped save two of the adjacent buildings. Twenty-one fire companies from the larger area responded to a fire at Country View Farms hog operation on South Madden Road near Hustontown Sunday. The photo shows the extended aerial ladder units used to fight the fire which helped save two of the adjacent buildings. A major fire killed hundreds of hogs and drew firefighters from three states here over the holiday weekend.

As many as 400 to 500 adult hogs were destroyed Sunday when fire ripped through a building at Country View Farms located on South Madden Road near Hustontown.

Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. responded at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, to the factory hog farm, finding one of three hog barns ablaze. That 85-foot-by- 450-foot hog barn was destroyed while firefighters were able to save two other buildings that also housed hogs.

Twenty-one fire companies from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virgiia and more than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

According to HAVFCO Fire Chief Jeff Black, firefighters were able to gain access to the interior and northern end of the structure but were unable to get aerial units to the northern half because of walls and the other buildings. Black said heat was a major factor in the loss of the estimated 400 to 500 hogs. Although there were very few exterior doors, firemen were able to save and move a few of the hogs.

Firefighters were able to protect and ventilate the adjacent barns, keeping the hogs housed there largely unharmed.

Aerial truck units used to fight the fire were dispatched from McConnellsburg, Franklin and Bedford counties.

Fire Chief Black reported that more than 500,000 gallons of water from two fill sites were used to fight the fire.

The state fire marshal has ruled the cause of the fire as “undetermined.”

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