3,000 chickens lost after fire at Johnston poultry farm
JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — More than 3000 chickens were lost in an early morning fire at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm in Johnston Wednesday morning.
The fire was first spotted by an employee around 4:35 am.
“It’s a big loss for sure,” said Adam Baffoni, of Baffoni’s Poultry Farm. “Over 3000 animals lost and quite a bit of property.”
The farm has been around since 1935 and raises between 20,000 – 25,000 chickens at any given time.
“It was just a shock,” said owner, Paul Baffoni. “I just came running over here, not that I could do anything”
The fire started in a chicken coop that was housing roughly 3000 chickens at the time.
“It was one of our larger chicken coops that has two halves to it,” explained Adam Baffoni. “One of those halves is pretty much destroyed.”
Despite the damage, the Baffoni family credits the Johnston Fire Department’s quick actions for saving the majority of their farm.
“Almost 6000 chickens were saved because of the firefighters,” Paul Baffoni told ABC 6.
“It’s bad but it could have been a lot worse.”
The store at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm remains open, business as usual.
Fire marshals continue to investigate what started the fire, but do not suspect foul play.
The Baffoni’s say the coop that was burned was built in the 1950’s.
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