Authorities: 83,000 chickens killed in Ohio fire

May 17, 2011 - 11:14 AM

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm.

WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles (vur-SAYLZ').

The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Fire officials say the barn was a total loss and estimate damage at about $1.5 million.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Information from: WHIO-TV, http://www.whiotv.com