CONROE, Texas – Multiple fire departments joined to battle a two-alarm blaze Tuesday that killed 17 pigs raised by Montgomery County agriculture students, according to officials.
South Montgomery County and Timber Lakes Fire Departments arrived to the fire on Pruitt Road near the Nature Center around 9:45 p.m.
They immediately pulled a second alarm and called for more assistance after noticing the lack of water in the area. River Plantation, Needham and Spring firefighters came to assist.
As firefighters began pulling a hose, they could hear pigs squealing inside the Conroe ISD Agricultural barn.
The firefighters tried to free the pigs, but it was too late. The smoke and flames were too intense and 17 pigs were killed.
The pigs were projects of agriculture students who put a lot of time, effort and pride into raising the animals. Two of the pigs were to be shown in a week and the others were to be shown at the Montgomery County Fair.
Animals about 40 feet away in a cattle barn were not harmed.