Ian Patrick, FISM News
Over the weekend, a massive fire at an egg farm in the northeast claimed the lives of almost 100,000 chickens during a time of exceedingly high egg prices throughout the nation.
The Hillandale Farms property in Bozrah, Connecticut was reported to have caught ablaze at around 1 p.m. Firefighters doused the fire later that same evening.
Rebecca E. Murphy, spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, added in a statement that the fire was contained to “a single structure.”
Officials are conducting an investigation into the fire, which as of this writing is still unknown.
Besides the massive number of chickens lost to the blaze, fears were stoked of a sudden increase to already rising egg prices across the nation. But Murphy, pointing to a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report from September, said the loss shouldn’t drastically impact the more than 372 million egg-laying hens in the U.S.