Barn fire kills three pigs

Published Apr 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

WESTMORELAND — Three pigs were killed in a barn fire on West Carter Road Sunday afternoon.

Fire officials said a passerby discovered the blaze at 6909 W. Carter Road at about 4:22 p.m. Owner Bryan Nelson was not home at the time, officials said. The farm is located just west of Route 233.

“It was fully involved” when fire crews arrived on the scene, said Fire Chief Jeff Grube.

Three pigs were lost in the fire, while the family’s cows and chickens were able to escape, he stated. Some farm equipment was also destroyed in the blaze. Grube said the volunteers launched a “surround and down” exterior attack on the fire. The flames were knocked down in about 45 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

The Westmoreland, Stanwix Heights, Clark Mills, Clinton and Verona fire departments responded, with Vernon and Oriskany on standby.