Koch’s Turkey Farm loses barn to fire; birds spared
Lost barn was used for storage
Koch’s Turkey Farm lost a storage barn to a fire around 3 a.m. on December 2, but the company did not lose any turkeys.
The fire claimed one of 16 barns on the property in Walker Township, Pennsylvania, near the town of Tamaqua. The barn did not contain any turkeys, but several tractors, a skidloader and hay were stored in the building. No damage estimates in terms of a dollar amount have yet been made available.
No other buildings were affected by the fire, and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire, according to a report from the Republican Herald, has not yet been determined. The state fire marshal’s office is conducting an investigation.
Walker Township Fire Company responded to the fire, with assistance from 11 other fire departments from the area.
Koch’s Turkey Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, slaughtered 19.42 million pounds of live turkeys in 2016, making it the 22nd largest turkey company in the United States. The company produces 80 turkey products marketed under the Koch and Whole Foods brands.