10,000 Chickens Killed In Barn Fire

PADUCAH, Ky.(AP) - A fire official says about 10,000 chickens were killed when a fast-moving fire destroyed a western Kentucky barn.

No people were hurt in the Friday fire, according to The Paducah Sun.

Richard Tapp, chief of the Reidland-Farley Fire Department, said the cause of the fire was unknown, but a propane heater may have been the culprit. He said no foul play was suspected.

Ray Atkinson, a spokesman for Pilgrim's Pride, said the barn was on farm owned by Elbert Castillow Jr., who contracted with the Pittsburg, Texas-based company.

Tapp said the fire was called in about 12:30 p.m. CST and spread quickly through the long, straight barn. He said efforts to put it out were also hampered because the closest fire hydrant was hundreds of yards away.

He said only a handful of chickens escaped.

Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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