LEBANON, PA. — A fire broke out at the Kreider Farms’ Mount Pleasant facility in Lebanon, Pa., in the afternoon on Dec. 13. After nearly seven hours multiple fire departments were able to extinguish the flames around midnight.
Several local media reports stated that 250,000 bird died in the fire with early estimates of damages at $12 million.
According to the Annville Cleona Fire Department, the fire was “active and well-advanced” in the rear of the Kreider Farms’ layer house. The Annville department along with other units from Lebanon County worked together to put out the fire.
“All crews handled this complex fire quite well with water supply operations being supported by countless tankers,” said the Annville Cleona Fire Department in a Facebook post. “A big heartfelt thank you goes out to all the firefighters who spent countless hours away from their families on this, all the units that transferred into stations assisting on this fire, and the fire police who assisted as well.”
Kreider Farms confirmed the incident.
“All employees are accounted for, and fireman and staff suffered no known injuries,” said Tom Beachler, president at Kreider Farms. “As a result of the quick actions of our staff and the local fire companies, the fire was successfully contained to the 1-layer house and prevented from spreading to other buildings. The overall facility otherwise remains undamaged and intact.”
The company added that processing operations and shipping resumed on Dec. 14 in the afternoon.