Massive fire kills 65,000 chickens

Kosciusko County, Ind. (WANE)  A fire at an egg farm Monday around 5 a.m. killed 65,000 chickens. Firefighters spent more than five hours fighting the fire west of Warsaw.  The coop was 300 feet long, about the size of a football field.

According to the Atwood Fire Department, the building was owned by Egg Innovations. Fire officials said the company bought the building less than two years ago.

The smoke and fire inside the structure killed the chickens. The fire department said the 65,000 chickens were four weeks out from laying eggs.

“Flames were showing. Probably shooting in the air about 20 feet,” Atwood Fire Chief Mike Harmon said, “It went in through the attic and was moving to the north pretty fast.”

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured. However, the building was destroyed.

The Atwood Fire Department is still investigating what caused the fire.

NewsChannel 15 called leaders at Egg Innovations.  Officials said they have no comment. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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