Coop fire kills 15,000 chickens in Dorchester

The 25,000-square-foot chicken coop (like the one behind it) burned Sunday afternoon, killing some 15,000 chickens that were inside.

Brad Nettles

DORCHESTER -- Some 15,000 chickens died in a massive chicken coop fire Sunday afternoon.

The 25,000-square-foot chicken coop was engulfed when Dorchester Rural Volunteer firefighters responded to 790 Horseford Road about 2 p.m., Capt. John Poole IV said Monday.

Poole said firefighters from nine departments were able to keep it from spreading to nearby structures.

Firefighters were on the scene for at least four hours.

Poole said they laid about 1,000 feet of supply line but that they wouldn't know how much water they used until talking to each department.

A passerby called 911 after seeing the structure on fire, he said.

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