Thousands of pigs killed in hog farm fire in Phillips County

LONG ISLAND, Kan. (KWCH) Update: A fire at a north-central Kansas hog farm has injured a worker and killed 9,000 animals.

Phillips County sheriff's deputy Pat Hewitt says the fire started about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday at a barn for sows and piglets at Husky Hogs in 130-resident Long Island. The fire spread to two other farrowing barns before being controlled about two hours later.

Hewitt says the injured worker is hospitalized in Wichita with arm and leg burns not considered life-threatening.

The fire's cause wasn't clear. The Kansas State Fire Marshall's office is investigating.

Husky Hogs' Julia Nelson told The Associated Press the blaze killed about 2,000 sows and 7,000 piglets, though roughly 4,500 sows were spared.

Nelson calls it a tragedy, and that "we did what we could to save everything we could."

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The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that caused millions of dollars in damage to a Phillips County hog farm.

The sheriff's office says the Long Island Fire Department was called out to the 500 block of W. 1300 Road around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Investigators say the fire started in the end of a farrowing barn operated by Husky Hogs. It quickly spread to two additional barns before they were able to bring it under control.

A worker suffered burns to his arms and legs during the fire. He was taken to the Phillips County Hospital in Phillipsburg by private vehicle then transferred to Wichita via ambulance.

Fire departments from Long Island, Norton, Almena, Phillipsburg, Orleans, Nebraska; Standford, Nebraska and Alma, Nebraska all assisted in fighting the fire.

The cause is still undetermined and the investigation continues.