Weld County farm fire that killed a half-million chickens ruled ‘accidental’

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Egg farm fire. Roggen, Colorado. April 30, 2012.

Egg farm fire. Roggen, Colorado. April 30, 2012.

ROGGEN, Colo. – Investigators say the cause of a fire that killed 500,000 chickens at a Weld County egg farm on April 30 was “accidental,” the Greeley Tribune is reporting.

Despite the official findings, the company that operates the farm continues to investigate the incident.

According to the Tribune, the Boulder Valley Poultry egg farm produced about 25 percent of the eggs sold in Colorado prior to the fire. The chickens killed in fire produced about 250,000 eggs per day, or about one-eighth of Colorado’s total egg production.

A King Soopers representative told FOX31 Denver that consumers aren’t likely to face negative impacts because of the loss of production at that farm, adding that retailers will get eggs from other sources in the state and the region. Additionally, other egg farms are increasing production to meet demand.

Weld County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Margie Martinez says three of the farm’s 10 buildings were destroyed in the fire. Two buildings were filled with chickens and the third was empty.

Total losses are likely in the millions, according to an estimate by Martinez.