Electrical Short Blamed for Va. Poultry House Fire

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.

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