Robertson County Farm Sustains Significant Fire Damage

By: Natasha Sweatte Email
By: Natasha Sweatte Email

An investigation is underway after a huge fire broke out at a poultry farm in Robertson County. It started just after 5 p.m. Thursday and soon two large chicken houses were fully engulfed with flames.

"Initially we were called to a residential fire," said Renda Bermudez, firefighter for the Calvert Volunteer Fire Department. "We requested enough tanker shots and while we were in route we were advised that it was a chicken house on fire.”

More than six agencies banded together for nearly four hours and used more than 20,000 gallons of water to put out the blaze.

"Walnut Creek Mine did let us into their facility to let us fill our trucks," said Bermudez.

Fire Chief Joe Jackson said a cleaning crew was on scene earlier in the day Thursday before the fire ignited. Although the investigation is ongoing, officials don't suspect arson.

The property owners are reportedly out of the country on vacation. While the two chicken coops were a total loss, the amount of damage is unknown at this time.

"It's quite a bit of damage; two were a total loss what else is lost is equipment, feeders, water, everything else," said Jackson.

According to nearby family members, no chickens were inside the coops at the time of the fire.

"I was told they were cleaning all these houses out and in 3 more weeks they were going to fill them up with more chickens," said Jackson.

No injuries were reported.

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