44.000 baby chickens killed in a farm fire in France

Baby chickens, photo: Yucelozber via Canva
Baby chickens, photo: Yucelozber via Canva

A fire on a farm in France killed 44,000 five-week-old chicks on Sunday. The chickens were locked up in the barn and could not escape the fire. They all burnt alive and died.

The 2,200 square meter hangar in the village of Hohatzenheim caught fire on Sunday afternoon. “The hangar is 100% devastated,” the farm owner Mathieu Kintz told the French local news media DNA.

His father, who lives near the farm, said he saw huge flames and could not enter the building. Around forty firefighters were at the site to control the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown. An investigation has started.

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