EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Crews are cleaning up damage from a fire at a hog farm Tuesday. Firefighters are working to put out hot spots. Others are sifting through the damaged facility.
At least five pigs were wandering around the property, but a semi loaded with pigs left the farm earlier. Firefighters tried to open the doors to let the pigs out when they arrived, but workers tried to stop them. They told crews the pigs would have to be euthanized if they touched the ground.
A representative for Christensen Farms says they’re now figuring out if they can relocate the pigs or if they need to be euthanized.
The director of communications for the Illinois Pork Producers Association released the following statement regarding the pig farm fire outside Newton:
We are thankful that no workers were harmed in a recent pig barn fire outside of Newman. Veterinarians have been on site to assess the pigs’ needs and make sure that animal welfare remains the top priority. Tragic events, such as this, physically and emotionally strain the farmers involved.”
Jenny Jackson | Director of Communications
Illinois Pork Producers Association