For the second time in 2015, a fire has destroyed a barn at Giroux’s Poultry Farm’s egg operation near Chazy, New York.
Crews from multiple fire departments and the Clinton County Office of Emergency Services responded to a report of a barn fire around 6:25 p.m. on November 13, according to a report from The Plattsburgh Press Republican. The barn that caught fire was still under construction. It was being built to house chicks, but no birds were inside at the time of the fire. The exact cause of the poultry barn fire has not yet been determined, although it is believed to have been accidental.
Giroux’s Poultry Farm suffered another barn fire on March 19, when one of five barns at the farm was destroyed by a blaze. While no employees were inside the barn at the time, an estimated 50,000 hens were inside, as well as their eggs. That barn was also a new one, having been built in 2014 to accommodate the farm’s growing cage-free egg operation.
According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, Giroux’s Poultry Farm is a family-owned and family-operated egg producer with an estimated 1.5 million hens. The company specializes in table eggs.