Fire Kills 240,000 Chickens – $1M In Damages

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It was a sad Thursday morning for the Dade City chicken farm after two of their large chicken coops caught on fire and killed more than 240,000 chickens.

The chicken farm is located in Florida and is known as the largest producer and distributor of shell eggs in the United States. They produce eggs for popular brands like Land O’ Lakes and Egg-Land’s Best and made up for 20 percent of all eggshells sold nationwide in 2020 (over 51 million chicken eggs).

Firefighters were called and arrived on the scene at around one in the morning to put out the fire. There were no fire hydrants within three miles, so firemen had to rely on bringing their own water to put out the flames. Fortunately, they were able to douse the fire even with several propane tanks exploding during the blaze.

Pasco Fire Rescue Chief of Operations Shawn Whited told Bay News 9, “We are out in the country. We’re having to use tanker trucks. These chicken coops are very large structures and there’s a lot of fire in there and the fire is deep into those buildings.”

Out of the eight large chicken farm coops, each holding anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 chickens, three caught on fire. Unfortunately, those three were damaged beyond repair so they had to be completely demolished to prevent flames from starting up again.

Country Rebel gives a big shoutout to the Pasco Fire Rescue team and everyone involved for responding so quickly.

FOX News Video Report On The Chicken Coops Below

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