By a stunning coincidence, fires are killing vast numbers of pigs recently in Ontario pig farms. A list below.
1. January 19th, 2016: 2000 pigs die in pig farm near London Ontario.
NORTH MIDDLESEX, Ont. — The president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture says barn fires are a harsh reminder of the dangers of farming.
More than 2,000 pigs died early Tuesday in a barn fire north of London, Ont., and while the barn was destroyed, Ontario Provincial Police say no people were hurt in the blaze.
Police say the fire isn't considered suspicious as fire officials investigate and Ontario's fire marshal has been notified.
2. December 4th 2016: 640 pigs die in fire on pig farm in South-Western Ontario:
GODERICH, Ont. — The Fire Marshal is investigating after 640 pigs were killed when a barn went up in flames Saturday morning in southwestern Ontario.
Fire officials say the fire east of Goderich, Ont., did about $1 million in damage.
Volunteer firefighters were alerted to the blaze by a passer-by.
Crews arrived to find the structure fully engulfed, and battled the flames for several hours.
Investigators say the fire is not suspicious.
Nearly 200 pigs were killed in another barn fire north of Stratford on Saturday. Fortunately most of the animals were saved thanks to helpings hands.
Out of 2000 pigs, approximately 182 did not make it out alive. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to get at the flames while local farmers rushed to the barn to help corral the pigs.
Officials say this fire is also not suspicious.
4. January 20th 2016: Massive blaze destroys pig barn, kills many pigs, destroys million dollar barn.
The pigs destroyed in Tuesday’s blaze were just weeks from being taken to market, worth about $350,000, and the barn another $900,000, said Joris Masschelein, Mark Masschelein’s uncle and owner of the pigs.
The result was another six-figure loss and more heartache from another massive fire, the fourth in only two weeks in Southwestern Ontario’s farm belt.
Barn fires indeed do happen. But according to the Ontario Fire Marshal's communique, there is a distinct upward trend in barn fires recently.
In recent years, fires in farm buildings in Ontario have become a concern. In 2014, 150 fires in barns housing animals or containing equipment and produce resulted in losses of more than $28 million.
In light of the barn fires that occurred in Ontario over the past few weeks, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) reminds fire departments that they can play an important role in preventing such losses by actively promoting fire safety on farms and agricultural business properties in their community.
This video is about a fire on a pig farm from Bethany. Either Ontario or New York. January 2015.