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US Over 166,000 hens die in Arizona farm fire

23:00  07 march  2021
23:00  07 march  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Nearly 165, 000 egg-laying hens died Saturday after a barn fire raged through an Arizona egg farm , a spokesperson said. No firefighters were injured. The egg farm has 26 chicken houses. Hickman said the family will not know the cost of the damage until the investigation is completed. “Of course we wanted those eggs to be able to have for families for their Easter celebrations, but first and foremost we need to thank our first responders and staff that tried to do everything they could to save our birds, save each other, making sure everybody was as safe as possible,” Hickman told the Republic.

Nearly 165, 000 egg-laying hens died Saturday after a barn fire raged through an Arizona egg farm , a spokesperson said. No firefighters were injured. The egg farm has 26 chicken houses. Hickman said the family will not know the cost of the damage until the investigation is completed. “Of course we wanted those eggs to be able to have for families for their Easter celebrations, but first and foremost we need to thank our first responders and staff that tried to do everything they could to save our birds, save each other, making sure everybody was as safe as possible,” Hickman told the Republic.

Over 166,000 laying hens died on Saturday after a fire broke out at a bird warehouse in Arizona.

a car with smoke coming out of it: Crews battle a second alarm fire at Hickman Family Farms in Arlington, Arizona. © From Buckeye Valley Fire District/Facebook Crews battle a second alarm fire at Hickman Family Farms in Arlington, Arizona.

Flames engulfed three massive warehouses containing chickens and hens at Hickman's Family Farms in Arlington, about 50 miles west of Phoenix, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).

The fire broke out when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and caught fire, Hickman's Family Farms spokesperson Sharman Hickman told CNN.

"We're just trying to get back to business," Hickman said. "We're still mourning the loss of all those chickens and hens."

There is no indication of foul play, said Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez of the MCSO.

Farm employees reported a fire at one of their bird warehouses around 1 p.m. But by the time first responders arrived at the scene two more warehouses had caught fire.

One adult was transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and is in stable condition, Buckeye Valley Fire District spokesperson Sarah Mendoza told CNN.

Hickman's Family Farms has been in business for over 70 years, and the farm has been run by the same family for four generations.

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