HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The Hope Township community is helping the Van Grouw family recover from a barn fire that killed pigs and chickens Thursday morning.
Troopers responded to a structure fire on Union Brick Road in Hope Township around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Trooper Troy McNair.
The devastating fire consumed their barn, claiming the lives of over 40 pigs and 400 chickens. The Van Grouws, who have dedicated their lives to nurturing their family farm, now face the daunting task of rebuilding from the ashes.
John Kruk has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family. It had raised more than $25,000 toward a $75,000 goal as of Friday morning.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, McNair said.
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