Mercer County barn fire kills cat, pig, two dogs


HEMPFIELD TWP., Pa. (WYTV) – A fire destroyed a Hempfield Township barn as firefighters battled the cold weather to save the animals inside. Unfortunately, a cat, potbellied pig and two dogs died.

The barn on Donation Road is owned by Fred Favorite, who wasn’t there when it caught fire on Friday.

“It was probably 40 feet by 80 feet and it had stalls on the back. That’s where the animals were,” he said.

A man driving by saw the fire and stopped. He was able to save one barn cat but couldn’t rescue all of the animals.

“We had two Anatolian Shepherds and a potbellied pig that didn’t make it,” Favorite said.

He also lost a barn cat.

Even though Favorite lost some of his animals, he said it could have been a lot worse.

“It was a pretty good fire and there was some hay in there that caught fire, too, and once that flamed up, it was pretty bad.”

Another barn nearby, which contained chickens, wasn’t damaged.

Hempfield Fire Chief David King said it was a tough battle with a tragic loss.

“It’s short manpower and the obvious temperature of zero, one above zero, out. So as you can see, everything is turning to ice and we’re in the country, so there is no available hydrant to get any water so we have to have all of the tankers go back into Greenville and get water out of a hydrant.”

Chief King said it appears the fire was accidental so there will be no further investigation.

Multiple fire departments battled a barn fire on Donation Road in Hempfield on Friday afternoon.