After a weekend fire killed hundreds of pigs and resulted in $230,000 in loss at a Geary County farm, authorities said Monday that the cause of the blaze was being listed as “undetermined,” and that it most likely was caused by an electrical malfunction.
The fire was reported at 10:14 p.m. Saturday at 10467 Humboldt Creek Road in eastern Geary County.
Initial reports on Saturday night indicated a barn was engulfed in flames, with approximately 700 feeder pigs still inside. All of the pigs in the barn were reported to have been killed in the blaze.
On Monday, Geary County officials reduced the number pigs that were killed to 518. The pigs were owned by F&R Swine, of rural Dwight.
The pigs were valued at $30,000, while the building was valued at $200,000, making for the total loss of $230,000.
Firefighters were able to protect an adjoining pig barn that housed approximately 700 pigs and two propane tanks that were in the immediate area.
The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene and conducted the investigation into the blaze.
The fire was brought under control about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, with crews remaining on scene until 9:30 a.m. Sunday as they monitored the smoldering remains.
The property owner, identified as Phillip Goodyear, will be working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for disposal of the pigs, authorities said.
Among agencies responding to the blaze were the Geary County Fire Department, Fort Riley Fire Department, the Riley County Fire Department and the Grandview Plaza Fire Department.
Twenty Geary County firefighters and 12 firefighters from the mutual aid departments worked the fire scene.