Fires Destroy Chicken Houses

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

A local poultry grower is facing a double dose of devastation after watching several of his chicken houses burn. The first one burned Sunday and the second one was destroyed overnight.

Ronald Wampler just stocked his chicken houses full of brand new baby birds on Friday and just about every one of them died in the fire. It all started Sunday afternoon at Wampler's farm near Timberville, when the first house caught fire. Heavy winds made putting out the flames difficult, but crews managed to put everything out before a nearby house could burn down. Unfortunately, the fire did have a chance to spread.

In all, Wampler lost more than 80,000 birds and most of his business. "It's going to be a considerable loss," says Wampler. "$10,000 to $15,000 at least and a loss of income."

Wampler says the future of his business is in jeopardy. A few things may keep him from rebuilding the chicken houses. "Pilgrims won't let us build the double deck houses and these buildings were double deck," says Wampler.

Crews are still investigating the first fire. As for the second house, firefighters say flames from the original blaze spread. Even though they thought it was all out, those flames managed to pick up again overnight.


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