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Fire Destroys Cage-Free Barn


Media reported the loss of a barn holding 300,000 hens in Western Michigan on January 3rd. Brian Burch, a spokesman for Konos Inc. located in in Otsego Township, MI confirmed that the fire was confined to one building and that a flock in an adjoining house was unaffected. There were no injuries among workers.


Local fire departments responded to the conflagration but were forced to truck in water to extinguish the fire.


A first responder commented "agricultural fires are always a challenge, especially at a place like this. We don't have city water, we don't have those same kinds of assets that we sometimes take for granted in cities,"


The cause of the fire is under investigation.