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Fire at Moore County farm kills 4,200 hogs

Posted October 2, 2014

— Investigators believe an electrical issue sparked a blaze that killed more than 4,000 hogs late Wednesday at a farm in Moore County.

About 50 firefighters from four fire stations responded to Deerfield Farms in the Eagle Springs community around 11 p.m., where they struggled to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby building that houses young hogs and sows

The hogs that died, the farm's owner said, weighed anywhere from 14 to 45 pounds and were valued at about $400,000. They were in a nursery building that was worth about $600,000.

Fire officials said one of the biggest challenges in fighting the fire was a lack of water in the rural location – Skill Road off N.C. Highway 705.

Insurance adjusters were expected to arrive on the property Thursday, and the farms' owner said the company plans to rebuild.


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    Mmmm....... bacon

  • gsutton Oct 2, 2014

    Poor little creatures - pigs are beautiful! Wish this had not happened.

  • davidhartman Oct 2, 2014

    Tragic. :(

  • Lisa Marie Fields Oct 2, 2014
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    It's a sorry state of affairs to agree with you on this, but its true, concidering the way they died.

  • 50s Child Oct 2, 2014

    I hope they died of smoke inhalation quickly and didn't suffer much or long.

    Thank you, Animalgirl, for your post.

  • ytb781pearl Oct 2, 2014

    Very sad! Having grown up with hog farming, we adored those animals and went to great lengths to secure their safety and well-being, treating them as humanely as possible, as do most farmers. I hope these little ones didn't suffer.

  • ashewing Oct 2, 2014

    So sad! Horrible way for anyone with a beating heart to die!

  • KnowsItAll Oct 2, 2014

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    thanks for that perspective animalgirl22.

  • Animalgirl22 Oct 2, 2014

    This is a sad story. Being a farmer, and veterinary student, I would like to shed some light on swine farming that you may not have known. The fire was in a nursery building, meaning they were housed in pens with one another, not in cages. Also, it is very easy to assume that large production is equivalent to a lack of responsibility or humane treatment of animals, but being someone who has visited small and large farms all around the world, I can reassure you that large doesn't equal bad just as much as small scale doesn't mean you're doing things right either. I am not pushing anyone to think any way, but I know that animal agriculture is in a serious need for transparency because our society has become so untrusting of it's food source. And whereas I know, because I have seen it first hand, I cannot convince the rest of those unaware to trust their food source. I do not wish to take away from this story, it is very sad for the pigs and farmer alike.

  • fifefan4life Oct 2, 2014

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    So if doggy BBQ was really tasty, you'd have no problem eating that either? Pigs are smarter than dogs.