Texas Dairy Farm Completely Destroyed by Major Explosion, 18,000 Cattle Dead

A mass casualty incident has been declared after a massive sudden explosion and fire completely destroyed a major dairy farm in Texas.

Videos show huge plumes of smoke engulfing the sky from the South Fork Dairy in Dimmitt.

Smoke from the explosion could be seen from as far as 80 miles away.

At least 18,000 cattle have been killed in the explosion and resulting fires, according to Texas authorities.

“There’s some that survived, there’s some that are probably injured to the point where they’ll have to be destroyed,” according to Castro County Sheriff Sal Rivera.

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“We strongly encourage farms to adopt common-sense fire safety measures. It is hard to imagine anything worse than being burned alive,” said Margie Fishman of Animal Welfare Institute.

KTSM reported:

Officials with the Castro County Sheriff’s Office said that one person was trapped inside the facility and fire crews were able to locate the person and remove them from the building. One person was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, said Rivera, and was last reported to be in critical condition. Further, an unknown amount of cattle were killed in the fire.

While its cause is still under investigation through the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and others, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Rivera noted that the initial explosion may have been caused by a machinery malfunction.

The South Fork Dairy was further noted to be a recent development in the community, having been in operation for less than a year in the area and employing around 60 people. This is the first instance of a fire or explosion at the business.

No official word has been made about the cause of the explosion yet.

However, it’s unclear how the dairy farm buildings’ steel structure could catch fire and burn up so quickly.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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