6,000 turkeys killed in large Darke County barn fire

DARKE COUNTY — Firefighters estimate around 6,000 young turkeys were killed after a fire broke out and destroyed a large barn near Rossburg in Darke County early Thursday morning, according to our news partners at The Daily Advocate.

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Fire crews were called to the 4700 block of Rossburg-Lightsville Road just after midnight Thursday morning on reports of a fully-engulfed barn fire. In total, nearly a dozen fire departments from across Darke County and southern Mercer County would respond to help battle the blaze, the newspaper reported.

The roof of the 400-foot turkey barn collapsed while crews were battling the blaze, killing around 6,000 turkeys inside, Rossburg Fire Chief Rob Widener told the news paper. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly two hours before bringing it under control, Widener said.

Investigators from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office were requested to the scene to assist in the investigation. The cause of the blaze remains unknown and is pending completion of the investigation, the news paper reported.

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