June 4, 2024


Fire strikes Illinois, US poultry farm that houses one million chicken



A poultry farm in southern Illinois, the United States, housing at least one million chickens, caught fire on May 29, killing mass amounts of poultry birds and causing significant property damage, according to reports.


Authorities were alerted to the fire at Farina Farms Inc. Poultry Farm in the evening, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Cripps told local media outlets. At least three buildings were engulfed in flames that reached 13,000-15,000 feet high.


The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department.


The fire was fully extinguished by the next day, and there are no injures. However, the 1.2-million-chicken farm is likely a total loss, local outlets WNOI and WJBD reported.


According to employees of Farina Farms Inc., a Wabash Valley Produce complex, the buildings were vacant when the fire started.


Wabash Valley Produce is the 24th largest egg producer in the US, with locations in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, according to an industry survey.

- USA Today

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