July 29, 2022
One person was killed on Friday and seven others were hospitalized after a building for chickens collapsed on a farm in Adams County.
The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. along the 300 block of Spicer Road in Tyrone Township – about 130 miles west of Philadelphia. The large, vacant structure was being prepared for demolition when a "pancake-style collapse" ran the entire length of the building, said photographer Harrison Jones, who was at the scene.
At 7:26 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, Adams County alerted units to box 25-4 on the 300 block of Spicer Road for a...Posted by Harrison Jones Photographer on Friday, July 29, 2022
Eight people were inside the chicken house when the structure collapsed, all of whom were contractors, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday. There were no chickens inside when the structure came down.
ADAMS: 300 Block of Spicer Rd, a commercial chicken house collapsed with 8 people inside. 7 people were transported to area hospitals. 1 person was located deceased at the scene by search and rescue teams. Officials are still at the scene at this time. Please avoid the area.— Trooper Megan Frazer (@PSPTroopHPIO) July 29, 2022
Emergency responders from six counties participated in the rescue effort, which lasted several hours. Search and rescue crews found one person dead.
Seven of the contractors managed to escape on their own and were taken to nearby hospitals. The extent of their injuries remains unclear.
Authorities did not identify the person who was killed.
The chicken house is owned by Hillandale Farms, one of the largest commercial suppliers of chicken eggs in the United States. The company is headquartered in Greensberg, Westmoreland County, and has a number of U.S. production facilities.
A 2017 fire at the farm in Tyrone Township killed more than 100,000 chickens that were trapped inside a burning barn.
It's unclear what led to the collapse of the building at the farm on Friday.