Hog building burns near Chester
Fri, 09/14/2018 - 5:57pm admin
Chester - Chester Fire Department was called to a fire at a hog building on River Road, around 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
Fire Chief Chris Keller said by the time the department got to the address, about 1.5 miles west of Chester, there were no flames and only a few spot fires. “The roof and sides were already down,” he explained.
After making sure everything was out the trucks went back to the station. Firefighters returned at daylight to look over the damage to the Reicks View Farms facility. Keller said it was an electrical fire that started in the utility room/office area. It went into the rafters and the roof and walls collapsed.
Around 3-3:30 that afternoon, the department was called out again to the facility to help put water on some hot spots and to settle the dust. “There were probably 60 employees there removing the structure and hogs.” Keller stated the building probably had 2,000-2,500 hogs that were destroyed. The company was in the midst of taking the hogs to market and had already taken four loads.
“The pigs weren’t singed. They probably died of heat or smoke exposure,” the chief said.
Keller reported there was no sign of arson. “The locks on the doors were still in the locked position, and the padlocks were still closed.”
Staff of Reicks View indicated to Keller they would rebuild if the concrete passed inspection.