Poultry barn fire leads to loss of 28,000 chickens

Fire marshal’s office investigation reveals the fire was likely caused by a mechanical or electrical failure.

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A fire destroyed a chicken house near Federalsburg, Maryland.
A fire destroyed a chicken house near Federalsburg, Maryland.
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A fire at a chicken house near Federalsburg, Maryland, caused the loss of approximately 28,000 chickens and roughly $400,000 worth of damage to the structure.

According to a report from WRDE, the fire occurred on June 23 and was discovered by an employee.

Nearly 30 firefighters from the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company responded, as well as a number of firefighters from the neighboring Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company, which according to its Facebook page, sent three units to the scene. It took about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control, WRDE reported.

Authorities noted that the premises lacked fire alarms and sprinkler systems.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office said it appears the fire was caused by a mechanical or electrical failure in the pump room. 

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