GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Eight thousand baby turkeys or poults died in a barn fire Friday morning in Antrim Township, according to a fire company official.
The fire, called in at 5:06 a.m. from a farm at 8665 Hades Church Road, took about 15 minutes to bring under control, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said.
The blaze was mostly contained to the poults’ bedding, although there was some smoke and heat damage to the building, which he estimated to be about 250 feet by 60 feet, Barnes said.
The farmer used a skid loader to remove a lot of the bedding from the barn so that it could be spread out and hosed down, he said.
“That made out job a lot easier,” Barnes said.
The fire has been ruled accidental, he said.
Firefighters from Marion, New Franklin, Waynesboro, Mont Alto and Chambersburg responded to the scene, as well as personnel from Maugansville, Md., Barnes said.
The last firefighters left the scene just after 7 a.m., he said.