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Fire destroys hog building east of Brighton on Monday

Firefighters spent most of Monday morning fighting a hog confinement fire east of Brighton. The fire destroyed most of the building. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
Firefighters spent most of Monday morning fighting a hog confinement fire east of Brighton. The fire destroyed most of the building. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
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Smoke billowed into the cloudy sky as a fire destroyed a hog confinement east of Brighton Monday morning

At 10:28 a.m., the Jefferson County Communications Center received a call about a hog confinement on fire.

The fire was located on Yew Avenue, just outside of Coppock, five miles east of Brighton.

Firefighters worked into the afternoon from different angles to extinguish the blaze. Because of the time of year, they had to fight against the wind.

There were hogs in the confinement and smell of burned hog flesh lingered in the area.

The roof and sides collapsed and only the two metal ends remained standing. A witness said they heard a series of small explosions at the beginning of the fire.

At 10:32 a.m. the Washington Fire Department was called to assist in fighting the fire. Firefighters from Lockridge, Wellman and Fairfield also assisted in fighting the blaze.

Additional help was called to pump water from a pond just down the road. Fire trucks shuttled water from the pond to the fire.

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy parked at the end of the road to prevent unnecessary traffic from blocking firefighters.

There were 15 Washington firefighters at the scene, returning about 2 p.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office directed calls for information to the Brighton Fire Department.

The Brighton Fire Department did not immediately return calls seeking more information about the fire.