Thousands of chickens perished in a chicken house fire in rural Delaware Sunday evening.
Flames broke out in a chicken house along the 13000 block of Hunters Cove Road in Greenwood, Delaware – about 15 minutes south of Harrington – around 5:20 as the property owner was away from the facility.
Volunteer fire companies found heavy flames pouring from the building when they arrived, said the state fire marshal.
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An initial investigation determined an electrical malfunction likely caused the fire that left around 21,000 chickens dead and about half a million dollars in damage, said the fire marshal.