CROTON — A two-alarm fire destroyed a pullet barn at Trillium Farms, 12280 Croton Road NW, on Friday afternoon. The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m., no injuries were reported, but a flock of chickens perished in the blaze.
Firefighters from Knox County, including the Central Ohio Joint Fire District, Homer, Bladensburg and College Township, Licking County, including Utica, and Delaware County were on scene for hours battled the fire. Tankers were used to bring water to the scene.
A section of Croton Road was closed to allow fire trucks to stage.
Trillium Farms was established in 2011 as an egg producer in Croton and produces 3.65 billion eggs annually while employing 250 people in Licking County. This is the second major fire at the location. In 2014, an empty barn burned.
Farm officials were not available for further comment.
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Friday, November 30, 2018 3:30 p.m.
Press Release from Trillium Farms
Trillium Farms today issued the following statement on an active fire at the farm’s Croton, Ohio, location:
Trillium Farms currently is experiencing a significant fire in one of our pullet barns on Croton Road in Licking County.
We are deeply grateful that all of our team members are accounted for, and that no one was hurt in the fire. However, the barn did house a flock of hens, and we understand from firefighters that the barn likely is a total loss.
This is a terrible situation, and we are devastated the flock could not be saved.
Multiple fire departments, including volunteers, have responded, and we are thankful for their swift actions to try to protect adjacent barns and flocks from harm.
We appreciate everyone’s concern and patience during this difficult time.