UPDATE: 4-alarm fire destroys barn at SE Wis. egg farm

UPDATED Saturday, February 1, 2014 --- 7:52 p.m.

LA GRANGE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a fire that went to four alarms and destroyed a barn at a large southeastern Wisconsin egg farm.

The fire was reported at the S&R Egg Farm in La Grange in Walworth County around 7:45 p.m. Friday. The company says in a statement that one of its 14 barns at the site was a total loss, but no people were injured.

WISN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1fwPS9U ) an estimated 300,000 chickens were housed in the barn.

The company did not provide a damage estimate or say how many chickens were killed. The company says it plans to rebuild the barn, while all its other barns remain in full production.

S&R Egg Farm is a third-generation, family-owned business founded in 1958, producing up to 2 million eggs a year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted Saturday, February 1, 2014 --- 5:24 a.m.

From our news partners in Milwaukee, WITI:

LA GRANGE, Wis. — Fire officials are battling a large blaze at S&R Egg Farm in La Grange, just east of Whitewater, Wisconsin. The 4-alarm fire was reported around 7:30 Friday evening, January 31st.

Multiple departments, including La Grange, Whitewater, Rome, Milton and Clinton fire departments, have been called to the scene. The Racine Fire Bells have been dispatched to assist fire crews on the scene.

Officials on the scene say one building is fully engulfed in flames and the roof has collapsed. The fire, however, does not appear to be spreading to other buildings.

Crews are having trouble getting enough water to the blaze quickly, trucking in water from up to seven miles away.


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