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

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

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    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.

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