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Poultry farm fire kills 160,000 chickens

by 5m Editor
22 February 2006, at 12:00am

FLORIDA - Workers at Green Valley Poultry Farm began repairs Monday, a day after a fire swept through a 37,000-square-foot chicken house, killing 160,000 chickens. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were investigating the fire, which caused more than $2 million in damage. Rodney Wagner, owner of Dutt & Wagner, which operates the poultry farm, said he believed it could be an accidental electrical fire. &quot;There are four miles of wiring running through the building,&quot; Wagner said. &quot;It wouldn&#39;t take a rat more than five minutes to chew through two wires and start a fire.&quot; The company plans to rebuild the destroyed chicken house, and Monday workers began replacing a damaged conveyor belt that carries eggs from seven chicken houses to a cleaning area. Wagner said he didn&#39;t expect the loss of chickens and eggs to create a shortage. <i>Source: Miami Herald</i>

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