25K chickens lost in fire near Clarkesville


Officials say an electrical problem may be to blame for a costly and deadly chicken house fire northwest of Clarkesville. The December 28 fire killed 25,000 birds and caused approximately $300,000 in loss and damages.

The blaze broke out just before 8 p.m. Sunday in a 500-foot-long structure at 130 Preacher Campbell Road. Habersham County Emergency Services with help from the White County Fire Department spent several hours Sunday night into Monday extinguishing the flames and putting out hotspots.

The chicken house was destroyed, resulting in an estimated loss of between $200,000 to $250,000 for the structure. The chickens were owned by Fieldale Farms. Officials say the estimated cost of the lost chickens is around $75,000.

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