North Carolina

Fire marshal: 11,000 chickens destroyed in overnight fire in Alexander Co.

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina fire marshal said a large fire destroyed a chicken house and killed 11,000 birds.

News sources report Alexander County Fire Marshal Russell Greene said the fire on Thursday morning caused an estimated $300,000 in damages. Investigators said the fire was accidental and probably electrical, but an exact cause has not been determined.

Firefighters managed to save a nearby chicken house, limiting damage and saving the chickens inside.