COITSVILLE TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – The Coitsville and Pulaski fire departments were called to the scene of a fire at the Purple Cat at Farmer Casey’s Ranch in Coitsville Wednesday afternoon.
Several viewers submitted photos of the flames around 3:30 p.m.
The fire occurred in a chicken coop on the property. People driving down state Route 422 saw the fire from the road and reported it to the Coitsville Fire Department and employees at the Purple Cat.
Firefighters said the fire was entirely contained to the coop, and no one was injured. The 20 chickens and three turkeys housed in the coop all managed to escape and were unharmed.
Purple Cat owner Jimmy Sutman said they will be moved to temporary housing with the alpacas and goats until a new coop is constructed. He said he believed the fire started from a heating lamp that was used to keep the birds warm.
The chicken coop, which was built to be handicap-accessible is insured, so it will be rebuilt.
The Purple Cat is a creative day program for adults with disabilities. Its focus is on teaching daily-living skills and fostering independence for disabled adults to reach their personal goals.
The farm is used to teach the adults farming techniques and how to work with animals.