A large fire at a Lebanon County poultry farm has resulted in $12 million worth of damage and 250,000 chickens being killed.
The fire occurred on Dec. 13 at the Kreider Farms on the 1400 block of South Annville Township. The smoke from the fire was visible from four miles away. No human injuries were reported.
The Annville Cleona Fire Department posted about the incident on their Facebook page today.
“Yesterday, the brave men and women from the Annville Cleona Fire Department and countless mutual aid units from Lebanon County and beyond responded to a barn fire at Kreider Farms – Mt. Pleasant,” the post said. “Upon arrival crews were faced with a multiple and diverse array of challenges presented by the active and well-advanced fire in the 60 x 650 foot barn.”
Kreider Farms President Tom Beachler released the following statement:
“A fire broke out in the rear of a layer house at our Mount Pleasant facility located in Lebanon, PA yesterday afternoon. The fire was extinguished by midnight. All employees are accounted for, and firemen and staff suffered no known injuries. As a result of the quick actions of our staff and the local fire companies, the fire was successfully contained to the one-layer house and prevented from spreading to other buildings. The overall facility otherwise remains undamaged and intact. Processing and shipping will resume by 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.”