On Monday, a devastating explosion and fire occurred at the South Fork Dairy near Dimmitt, Texas. The fire spread quickly through the holding pens, killing an estimated 18,000 cows and critically injuring one worker. Initial investigations suggest that the blaze was caused by a malfunctioning gas tank which exploded and set off the fire.
The Castro County Sheriff's Office reported that the cattle were in a holding area before being brought in for milking when the fire occurred. Very few cows in the holding area survived as they were unable to escape from the flames due to their confinement. The injured worker is currently receiving treatment for severe burns at a local hospital.
"It's by far the deadliest barn fire for cattle that I've ever seen," said Sheriff Sal Rivera of Castro County. "Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy."
The owner of South Fork Dairy has expressed his shock and sadness over what has happened and is providing assistance to those affected by this incident. He stated: "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to all those impacted."
This devastating event has left many people heartbroken as thousands of lives have been lost in an instant. This trend of farms and infrastructure suspiciously catching fire, is starting to make American citizens question what is going on.