Thousands of chickens die in Chilliwack barn fire

Firefighter at the scene of a devastating fire in a barn in Chilliwack, British Columbia, March 8, 2017 Photo: Radio-Canada / Gian-Paolo Mendoza
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Thousands of chickens perished in a fire in a barn in Chilliwack, a suburb of Vancouver.

The fire ravaged the barn near the intersection of Keith Wilson Street and Hopedale Street early Wednesday. When the firefighters arrived at the scene, around 1:30, the structure was completely enveloped by the flames.

Chilliwack Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bourdon says his team has been able to prevent the fire from spreading to other barns but has failed to save the animals.

Thousands of lost chickens

“I estimate that about 6,000 chickens were in this barn. They lost the chickens, but we were able to save the other structures, “says Mr. Bourdon.

He says that the two neighboring barns, which also shelter a number of chickens, have suffered no damage.

Firefighters remained on site Wednesday morning to fight some “hot spots” in the remains of the structure.

The cause of the fire is being investigated

Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.


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