From Staff Reports

GROVER HILL – A fire of unknown origin swept through a Cooper-owned farrowing barn early Sunday morning northeast of Grover Hill, killing all the animals inside.

Value of the loss is yet to be determined.

According to a Cooper Farms spokesperson, the White Oak sow farm’s manager, who lives on site, awoke to the sound of the fire. His call for help at 5:08 a.m. March 8 brought aid from Grover Hill, Oakwood, Paulding and Scott fire departments.

The 400x75-foot wood frame barn with metal siding, built in 2000, housed 380 sows and their offspring at the location on Road 165, according to Cooper’s officials.

“The fire was contained to one of the two barns, leaving the main barn of 2,200 sows unaffected, thanks to quick action by our team members and the local fire departments,” said a release by Cooper’s Farms.

No other employees were at the barn yet, said the company spokeswoman.

No further details were available.