Update: Barn fire kills 510 animals

Ovis Hill Farm in Timmonsville.

Timmonsville firefighters say an early morning fire has killed about 510 animals at a Darlington County farm.

They say the owners found their barn at Ovis Hill Farm on Weaver Street in the Timmonsville section of Darlington County full of flames just before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Firefighters say by the time they arrived, there was little they could do to save the building or the animals inside.

The farm owner says about 110 sheep and lambs and 400 baby chicks were killed.

Charlie Caldwell told NewsChannel 15 he lost some of his best animals in the fire. But, he says, his farm will move on from this tragedy.

Caldwell says they still have 300 sheep on the farm and their market will still operate as usual. The Department of Health and Environmental Control gave Caldwell clearance to continue to operate.

The barn was used for school tours. Caldwell hopes to have it rebuilt by spring.

One firefighter tells us a heat lamp inside the barn may have started the fire, but they have yet to determine the exact cause.

Timmonsville and Sardis fire departments assisted the Darlington County Fire District.