An explosion at a dairy farm within the Texas Panhandle that critically injured one individual and killed an estimated 18,000 head of cattle was the deadliest barn fireplace recorded for the reason that Animal Welfare Institute started monitoring the fires.
Castro County Sheriff Salvador Rivera has mentioned the Monday fireplace and explosion at Southfork Dairy Farm close to Dimmitt was probably as a result of overheated gear and can be investigated by state fireplace marshals.
“This may be probably the most lethal fireplace involving cattle up to now decade, since we began monitoring that in 2013,” institute spokesperson Marjorie Fishman mentioned Thursday.
The institute additionally tracks barn fires that kill different livestock, together with poultry, pigs, goats and sheep.
“The deadliest barn fireplace total since we started monitoring in 2013… was a fireplace… at Hello-Grade Egg Producers North, Manchester, Indiana, which killed 1 million chickens,” in keeping with Fishman.
A 2022 report by the institute famous “a number of cases through which 100,000 to 400,000 chickens had been killed in a single fireplace.”
A telephone name to South Fork Dairy rang unanswered on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the state insurance coverage division, which oversees the fireplace marshals’ workplace, mentioned solely that the fireplace is below investigation and referred inquiries to Rivera, who didn’t instantly return telephone requires remark Thursday.
Insurance coverage division spokesperson Gardner Selby declined touch upon the injured individual’s situation.
Dimmitt is about 50 mile (80 kilometers) southwest of Amarillo and about 340 mile (547 kilometers) northwest of Dalllas.