Columbus :  A massive fire in an outbuilding in Ohio has killed about 5,000 pigs and wrecked the whole facility on Wednesday. Firefighters from five areas fought to control the blast.

The fire began at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Wayne Township, which is around 45 miles southwest of Columbus, around 1:08 p.m.

The fire spread rapidly all through the office causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke which covered the whole area , making it troublesome for fire work force to fight the inside of the fire, said the Fayette County Sheriffs Office.

“Members of the Wayne Township Fire Department were initially dispatched to the scene. As additional information was received that it was a working structure fire, firefighters and resources were requested from Washington Fire Department, Concord-Greene Fire Department, Bloomingburg-Paint-Marion Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, and Pic-A-Fay Fire Department in Fayette County. As the fire intensified, additional fire agencies and resources from Ross, Highland, Pickaway, and Greene counties were requested to respond and assist with battling the fire and providing tankers for water. The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency and Fayette County EMS also responded to the scene,” added the  Sheriffs’ Office.

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