by Paul Sacca,
A massive fire engulfed a large egg farm on Saturday. The huge blaze likely killed thousands of chickens, and is expected to exacerbate the current dilemma of skyrocketing egg prices.
Around 1 p.m. on Saturday, a three-alarm fire was reported at the Hillandale Farms property in Bozrah, Connecticut.
WSFB reported that a total of 21 fire departments responded to the three-alarm fire, and it took firefighters eight hours to put out the blaze.
Norwich Firefighters Local 892 said a two-story, 400-foot by 100-foot chicken coop was on fire.
The fire was so large that it could be seen from miles away.
John Way, a safety officer for the Bozrah Volunteer Fire Co., said the coop housed an unknown number of chickens.
Multiple local reports cited the Salvation Army that around 100,000 chickens were killed, but that number has not been confirmed.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the massive fire at the egg farm was not immediately clear. Authorities are still investigating the blaze.
Hillandale Farms said it raises over 20 million chickens for eggs and is one of the top five egg producers in the country. Hendrix Genetics lists Hillandale Farms as the third-biggest egg producer in the U.S. with 20 million hens.
🚨#BREAKING: Multiple firefighters are battling a massive fire at a egg farm
⁰📌#Bozrah | #Connecticut
Multiple fire departments are responding to a massive three alarm fire at Hillendale Farms where thousands of chickens produce eggs with thick smoke can be seen miles away pic.twitter.com/jqTxn4aBsz
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 28, 2023