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Sunday fire razes egg-laying facility

By Staff | Apr 2, 2014

A BUILDING THAT burned Sunday at the Centrum Valley Farm egg-laying facility, located at 2550 270th St., southeast of Clarion continues to smolder Tuesday afternoon. The birds inside the structure were killed in the fire. The ones in the adjacent structure died from smoke inhalation.

BY JOE SUTTER

jsutter@messenger news.net

GALT – Clarion firefighters spent all night Monday supervising the remains of a large Sunday fire at Centrum Valley Farms in Galt.

Fire departments from Clarion, Eagle Grove and Dows were on the scene from 4 p.m. Sunday to about 12:30 a.m. Monday morning fighting a fire in one of the barns, said Clarion Fire Chief Brian Marker.

The department was called out again Monday night because of concerns that high winds would cause embers to jump to other buildings. Marker said crews dowsed the building until about 11:30 p.m., and then remained on the scene throughout the night until 7 a.m. Monday. He said the remains continue to smoke as of noon Tuesday.

The fire destroyed one building housing 75,000 hens. A second flock of 75,000 hens was killed by smoke in an adjacent building, according to a press release from Centrum Valley Farms.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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