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Nearly 50,000 chickens killed in farm fire

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Some 48,000 chickens were killed in a fire at a poultry farm in the Utrecht village of Hekendorp early on Tuesday evening.

The chickens were in an 80-metre long barn which was almost completely destroyed in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

Fires at poultry farms are not uncommon. In January, at least 18,000 chickens were killed in a fire on a factory farm in the province of Brabant when one of the four sheds burst into flames.

In July 2011, 170,000 died in a similar fire in Drenthe. In May last year, 20,000 perished in a fire near Utrecht, while 45,000 died in a fire in October 2010.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Of course the fires are not uncommon. It's an Insurance scam.

By Nika | 14 November 2012 8:45 AM

As pointed out in this article, this thing happens more and more. Why aren't these farms equipped with some kind of sprinkler system. Not only because of the horrible deaths of these animals, but also to protect the structure. It should be mandatory.

By Al | 14 November 2012 12:13 PM

That's absolutely fowl :(

By A McB | 14 November 2012 12:49 PM

Maybe we need to start housing bankers next to these farms. At least then the chickens don't die in vain.

By Dr Ponzi | 14 November 2012 1:54 PM

So 48000 chicken in 80m farm: makes it 600 chicken per meter. even it is 20m wide this means 30 chicken per square meter...do you still want to eat that injected block of water and hormones?

By Stefanos | 14 November 2012 5:12 PM

300,000 prevetably dead chickens ok
15 deer not ok

By nd | 15 November 2012 9:52 AM

Those poor 'man-made blubber birds are probably better off dead considering they had no real life anyway :P

By The visitor | 15 November 2012 1:01 PM

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