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Published January 12, 2011, 09:32 AM

Fire kills 17,000 chickens at Virginia poultry house

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Fire officials in northern Virginia say an electrical short caused a blaze at a poultry house that killed 17,000 young chickens.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Fire officials in northern Virginia say an electrical short caused a blaze at a poultry house that killed 17,000 young chickens.

Media outlets report that the fire occurred outside Harrisonburg Monday night at a poultry house.

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue assistant fire marshal Mike Armstrong says most of the 4-week-old chickens died from smoke inhalation.

Armstrong says the fire inside the steel-framed structure was mostly out when firefighters arrived.

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