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Thousands Of Cattle Die In Farm Explosion

Castro County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

One worker is in critical condition, and at least 18 thousand cows may have died in a massive explosion and fire in a milking unit at a dairy farm in the Texas Panhandle. The blast happened at the Southfork Dairy Farm in Dimmitt. Early speculation is that methane may have ignited by overheated electrical equipment used to suck out waste from the holding pens. Dimmitt is about halfway between Lubbock and Amarillo. 

Castro County Emergency Management

The Castro County Sheriff”s Office and the Dimmitt, Hart, and Nazareth Fire Departments respond to an explosion and fire at the Southfork Dairy Farms located on the 1600 blk of CR 624, approximately 11 miles southeast of Dimmitt. Upon arrival, they determined that one person was trapped inside, and fire crews were able to locate the person and remove them from the building. They flew the person to the UMC Hospital in Lubbock, and they accounted for the rest of the employees. Backup first responders were Tulia FD, Muleshoe FD, Springlake FD, Earth FD, the Sunnyside VFD, Bailey County Sheriff”s Office, Lamb County Sheriff”s Office, Swisher County Sheriff”s Office, Texas State Fire Marshal Office, Texas Highway Patrol, the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Tulia EMS, AMR EMS, Earth EMS, and the UMC Multi-patient EMS Ambus. Emergency crews were on the scene until after 11:00 pm.