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May 12, 2012 1:36 PM by Matt Stafford

Fire that killed 500,000 chickens ruled accidental

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that killed half a million chickens at an egg farm near Roggen was an accident.

The Greeley Tribune reports the Weld County Sheriff's Office determined the April 30 fire was accidental, but investigations by the Boulder Valley Poultry egg farm continue.

Meanwhile, the company plans to rebuild the three structures that were destroyed in the blaze.

Colorado Egg Producers Association President Jerry Wilkins has said that because egg demand is typically low this time of the year, and because many local producers have agreed to step up in response to Boulder Valley's losses, the effects of the fire are expected to be minimal.

The chickens that died in the fire collectively produced about 250,000 eggs per day.

 

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