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Connecticut egg farm fire kills 100,000 chickens, officials say

The fire comes as egg prices are already soaring in part due to the decreased number of chickens in the United States.

Published: January 29, 2023 7:11am

Updated: January 29, 2023 3:45pm

More than 100 firefighters responded on Saturday to a raging inferno that ultimately killed 100,000 chickens at an egg farm in Bozrah, Conn., officials said. 

The blaze was brought under control late Saturday afternoon after a four-and-a-half-hour battle involving 16 fire departments, according to Fox 61.

The Bozrah Town Fire Marshal is investigating the three-alarm chicken coop fire. 

The Salvation Army, which was on the scene providing food to firefighters, confirmed with officials that around 100,000 chickens died in the fire.

The fire comes as egg prices are already soaring in part due to a large number of avian influenza deaths in the United States. More than 58 million birds have died from avian influenza since last year, according to U.S. Agriculture Department data.

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