300K hens killed in fire at Allegan County farm

OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A fire that sparked at an Allegan County poultry farm has been contained and all farm employees have been accounted for, News 8 has learned.

Dark, billowing smoke from the fire at Konos Inc. Vande Bunte Eggs, located at 2107 110th Ave. in Otsego Township, could be seen from nearby highways and the slopes of Bittersweet Ski Resort on Friday afternoon.

About 300,000 hens were killed in the blaze, according to Konos spokesman Brian Burch.

The fire started around 11 a.m., Burch said. Its cause is unclear and only minor injuries were reported by employees.

One of the barns is a complete loss, according to a news release.

Due to the rural location of the farm, which employs 50 people, several neighboring communities supplied water tender trucks, including Dorr Township, Otsego and Trowbridge Township, Burch said.

Their efforts contained the fire to the one barn and protected another barn, which saved the lives of more than 250,000 egg-laying hens, the company said.

The farm produces 550,000 eggs per day for its customers. The company say the farm supplies more than 13 million cage-free eggs per year to grocery stores and restaurants across Michigan.

Supply interruptions are not anticipated and there will be no changes to the price of eggs, the company said.

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