Cause of Fire That Killed 250+ Animals Ruled ‘Undetermined’


Flames shoot from the roof of a barn on Bear Swamp Road in Montville Township. Photo credit: Medina Fire Department

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The cause of a barn fire that killed more than 250 animals was ruled ‘undetermined,’ according to Medina Fire Chief Robert Painter.

It happened just after 6 a.m. on Bear Swamp Road.

James Farnsworth was sleeping in a camper inside his 60-by-80-foot barn when he was woken up by the fire.

“He narrowly exited the building by jumping through a window and called 911,” Painter said.

The barn was fully engulfed when Medina firefighters arrived, and at least four other departments responded to help them battle the blaze.

Farnsworth was treated at the scene and released. Sadly, 250 pigs and an unknown number of goats and sheep perished in the fire. Eight piglets survived.

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