January 11, 2011
Fire officials say an electrical short caused a blaze at a poultry house outside Harrisonburg that killed 17,000 young chickens.
Media outlets report that the fire occurred late Monday night at a poultry house owned by Shawn and Sharon Byler.
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.