UPDATE: Ag processor issues statement on fire in Wright County

Photo courtesy: John and Verna Dirksen
Photo courtesy: John and Verna Dirksen

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:

Statement from Centrum Valley Farms Chief Operating Officer Steve Boomsma:

“We are in the process of gathering details, but we can confirm that a significant fire has occurred at Centrum Valley Farms’ egg farm in Galt. The fire began late in the day after our egg processing shift had ended, in a barn where about 75,000 egg-laying hens were housed. In addition to that loss, smoke from the fire resulted in the loss of a flock of 75,000 hens in an adjacent barn.

“While we are terribly saddened by the loss of our flocks, we are very fortunate that no employees of our farms were injured in the fire. We are grateful especially to our employees who took immediate actions to assist, and to local fire and emergency personnel for their swift and thorough response, which helped minimize the negative effect of the fire on our barns.

“The full extent of the damage still is being evaluated. It appears that recent structural enhancements to improve fire protections between barns helped prevent the spread of the fire.

“Our focus now is on ensuring the health and well-being of other flocks at that farm location.

“The fire is under control at this time. No cause of the fire has yet been identified; a full investigation will be conducted. We will share additional details as appropriate.”

 

FROM EARLIER:

GALT, Iowa – Firefighters are on the scene of a fire affecting at least one building of a large farm facility near Clarion.

The fire began Sunday evening on County Road C54 west of Highway 69.  No information was available from officials regarding the extent of damage, company impacted, or loss of livestock.  KIMT News 3 will have updated information as available.

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