UPDATED: Thousands of chickens dead in Waterville barn fire

Jennifer Hoegg jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on April 27, 2014

Fire crews were still at the scene of a chicken barn fire Sunday morning in Waterville.

Nine Kings County fire departments were at the site late last night until 4 a.m. Waterville and District Fire Department was called to the fire on Bond Road around 10:40  p.m., where a two-storey chicken barn was on fire.

"It did have poultry inside. The facility was being used as a breeder barn which had over 11,000 birds and at least half of them were lost," fire department spokesman Kevin Ernest said.

"The surviving birds are going to be transported to another site today."

He said the building was approximately 300 feet long and one half of the structure was destroyed.

Firefighters from Kingston to Wolfville responded in mutual aid. No firefighters were injured and no other buildings were at risk.

Ernest confirmed the barn is owned by Atlantic Poultry Inc.

Ian Blenkharn, president of API, was at the scene late Sunday morning, but declined comment and asked reporter to leave.

API was formerly ACA and has hatchery, feed and egg production divisions.

Ernest said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.