South Fork Dairy Explosion In Dimmitt Left 1 Person Badly Injured And Undetermined Numbers Of Cattle Dead

After an explosion at South Fork Dairy in Dimmitt Friday night, authorities said that one person is in critical condition.

According to the Castro County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), they got eight calls regarding an explosion and fire at the Southfork Dairy Farm on Monday around 7:21 p.m. A few of the employees were reportedly stuck within the dairy milking building, according to other callers.

The Castro County Sheriff’s Office found only one person inside the dairy facility when they got at the dairy farm.

The victim was located inside the structure and transported outside by the Dimmitt and Hart fire departments.

According to officials, the patient received treatment before being transported to UMC Hospital in Lubbock for more care. The individual was marked as critical.

Officials said that all of the other dairy workers were safe and sound.

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Sixty workers are employed at South Fork Dairy, according to the Castro County Sheriff.

Unknown numbers of dairy cattle perished as a result of the fire’s spread to the holding pens for dairy cows.

Firefighters from Dimmitt, Hart, and Nazareth fought to clear the structure and put out fires. First responders from Tulia, Springlake-Earth, Muleshoe, Lamb, Swisher, and Bailey counties also offered assistance.

The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause of the fire, which has no known origin.

Sal Rivera, sheriff of Castro County, claimed that the incident was most likely caused by a device known as a “honeybadger,” which is a vacuum that removes manure and water. It is thought that the honeybadger overheated and caused the fire.

Crews from NewsChannel 10 are now on the scene and trying to get further details.

Further information will be provided to you as it becomes available.

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