(MENLO) A chicken building at the Rose Acres Farm at 2650 350th Road in rural Adair County was destroyed by fire this afternoon.
Adair/Guthrie County Emergency Management says the fire’s origin is unknown at this time and the building is a total loss. Rose Acres will contact their insurance carrier for assistance in investigating the fire origin.
The building did not contain any chickens and had been empty for several days. It was scheduled to be filled in the next couple of days. Normally the building would have housed approximately 120,000 chickens.
“We are most grateful that no one was injured before or during the incident. Everyone is safe that is our major concern” stated Mike Clayton with Rose Acres.
Fire Departments from Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Panora and Greenfield responded to assist the Menlo Fire Department in battling the blaze. Emergency Medical Services personnel from Stuart Rescue and Panora EMS were on hand to provide rehabilitation for the firefighters and assist in case anyone was injured. Traffic control at the scene was provided by the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department and the Stuart Police Department.