DADE CITY, Fla. – Fire crews in Pasco County said a massive fire incident occurred as 250,000 chickens at Dad City hen farm, with flames coming out of three barns inside the thousands of barns.
Farmhands, who live at Cal-Maine Foods in Dad City, called 911 to report a growing fire. When firefighters arrived at around 1 am on Thursday, an orange glow enveloped the buildings whose shooting was going on in the dark sky. Located at 41040 Simpson Farm Lane, the farm is described as the largest egg producing and distributor in the US
According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, there are a total of 8 large chicken coops on the property that house anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 chickens. Three had caught fire and were deemed a total loss, but the crew kept the fire from spreading to the other five structures.
The restart brought heavy machinery to demolish the structure lost to sustain that fire.
During the night, firefighters faced two major obstacles. The farm is located in a remote area without a readily available water source, meaning that firefighters had to bring their own water. The nearest fire hydrant is three miles away.
Pasco County firefighters had to request assistance from other agencies, including Polk, Hernando, and Sumter counties.
“We are out in the country. There is not much infrastructure here. We are using tanker trucks,” said Pasco County Fire Rescue spokesman Sean White. “These chicken coops are very large structures. There is a lot of fire and the fire is deep in those buildings.”
Secondly, the propane tank on the property caused gas explosions in the morning. For their safety, fire personnel had to stay out to fight the fire.
No injuries have been reported between firefighters or farmhands.
“Some of the dangers we’re dealing with are that some equipment is powered by propane, so we’re having a big explosion,” which is explained. “Therefore, we are trying to keep everyone safe and fight the fire from outside the buildings.
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