Thousands of Hogs Killed in Fire
Posted May 1, 1997
WHITEVILLE — A fire at a major hog farm in Columbus County killed more than 6,000 hogs and caused about $1 million in damage.
Fire broke out Thursday evening at the Turbo Hog Farm near the South Carolina border where winds gusting up to 30 mph, combined with a shortage of manpower, made fighting the blaze in two buildings extremely difficult.
In spite of that, volunteer firefighters exhausted themselves getting the fire under control. Four buildings and some hogs were saved.
Turbo is one of the largest companies in the county. Firefighters say even though the fire is out, it will take a long time to clean up the site. The threat of disease from dead animals means extra precautions must be taken.