Heat lamp blamed in barn fire that killed dozens of pigs
A fire that destroyed two pig barns and killed 10 pigs and dozens of piglets north of Westminster on Tuesday evening apparently was caused when a heat lamp ignited hay, a state fire marshal said yesterday.
The blaze, in the 200 block of Blackhaw Trail, broke out about 4:45 p.m. when the heat lamp touched hay and other combustibles, according to an investigator for the state fire marshal. The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damages.
Two connected pig barns - one 60 feet by 40 feet, the other 18 by 22 feet - were destroyed the investigator said. Nine sows, one boar and 32 piglets were killed, the investigator said.
Firefighters from Pleasant Valley, Westminster, Taneytown and Littlestown, Pa., fought the blaze for about half an hour, after smoke was reported by a passer-by on West Deep Run Road. The owner also reported the fire.
Ice closes Route 97 after car slides off road
Ice on the roadway closed Route 97 near the Pennsylvania state line in Carroll County yesterday for more than two hours during the morning rush hour, state police at Westminster said.
The road north of Westminster, known as Littlestown Pike, was closed about 6 a.m. after a motorist slid into a sign, police said.
No injuries were reported, police said, but the road was salted and closed until about 8:30 a.m.
Seminar on QuickBooks offered for equine firms
Carroll County Cooperative Extension will offer a five-hour overview seminar to familiarize equine business managers with the fundamentals of using QuickBooks for record keeping and financial analysis of their businesses.
The seminar will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 in Room T321 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. The cost is $50, and registration is required by Monday.
Topics will include developing a chart of accounts and customer and vendor lists, entering transactions, recording depreciation, invoicing customers, and developing and analyzing financial statements.
No experience with QuickBooks is necessary. The seminar will help participants to decide whether to use QuickBooks for farm record keeping.
Checks should be made payable to Carroll County EAC, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster 21157.