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Thousands of animals killed in Greenup County, Ky. barn fire

Multiple crews are fighting a fire said to involve "multiple barns" in...
Multiple crews are fighting a fire said to involve "multiple barns" in Greenup County, Kentucky.(WSAZ)
Published: Sep. 28, 2019 at 12:40 AM EDT
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UPDATE 9/28/19 @ 4:10 a.m..

Thousands of animals are dead after a massive overnight fire in Wurtland.

According to Greenup County 911 dispatchers, several barns were involved.

Raceland Police told WSAZ more than 3,000 quails, 1,000 chukars and one hundred chickens are dead in addition to other animals.

The fire began around midnight on Castle Marina Drive near U.S. 23.

Neighbors say the Bonso Barn was over a century old and symbol of their community.

"It's a pretty big loss," said nearby neighbor and Wurtland native, Kayla Wilburn. "I mean that's a sole income for a lot of families in this area and that was the Bonso's biggest thing, hunting animals and farming."

Another neighbor, Charles Worthington, says he worked at the barn for over forty years and is heartbroken to see it go up in smoke.

"Kind of shocked me because, I've got a lot of memories up there on it. Had a lot of fun working up there and I just get upset thinking about it," said Worthington.

Multiple fire departments responded and contained the flames.

Crews tore down the remaining burnt structures.

No word on what caused the fire.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/28/19

Crews from multiple fire departments early Saturday morning are fighting "a commercial structure fire with numerous hazards," according to a release from the Greenup Volunteer Fire Department.

Greenup County 911 dispatchers say several barns are involved.

Drivers are asked to use caution in the area of U.S. 23 and Castle Marina Drive.

Other details are unavailable at this time.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.