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Fire Kills 37,000 Chicks at Farm in Rockingham Co.

March 31, 2013

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (AP) - A chicken house fire has killed 37,000 chicks at a farm in Rockingham County.

Rockingham County Fire Chief Jeremy Holloway tells WHSV-TV that the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. But he believes it began in the utility room around a computer system that runs the heater.

The fire broke out around 5 a.m. Saturday.

Shawn Rhodes and his family live on the farm. He says they were in bed when they got a fire temperature alarm. They went to check on the building, saw that it was on fire and called 911.

Rhodes says his family will start cleaning up Monday and will try to rebuild.

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