HAMPTONVILLE — Firefighters responded to fully involved fire at a chicken house on Mountain Grove Road in Hamptonville on Thursday afternoon. The chicken house was completely destroyed and the hens inside perished though quick action from firefighters kept the blaze from destroying the neighboring chicken house and two mobile homes nearby.
“We got on the scene and it was fully involved and it was threatening two mobile homes beside the chicken house and another chicken house right beside it,” said West Yadkin Fire Capt. Matthew Mitchell. “The heat was catching the curtains on fire on the chicken house beside it and the vinyl siding was melting on the two mobile homes beside it, but our guys got there quickly and deployed the hose and knocked the fire down really soon to keep anything else from catching on fire. They kept the fire contained to the one house. They did a very good job.”
The fire was dispatched around noon to 1921 Mountain Grove Road in the West Yadkin Fire District. Crews from Yadkinville, Buck Shoals, Arlington and Ronda fire departments were called to assist on the scene. While multiple units were on the scene in Hamptonville, other Yadkin County fire departments took turns covering other districts in case emergencies should arise while their home departments were otherwise occupied.
Yadkin County EMS was on the scene as per usual protocol in case paramedics were needed, though aside from the chickens, there were no other injuries related to the blaze. The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office also was called to assist with traffic control due to heavy smoke hindering visibility on the roadway, according to radio traffic through Yadkin County 911 Communications Center.
Mitchell said foul play was not suspected though a definite cause of the fire was undetermined. Stuart Earp of the West Yadkin Fire Department did say the blaze likely began in the egg room, possibly from something electrical.
The chicken house, which was full of hens at the time of the fire, is owned by Van Hemric of Hamptonville for the production eggs, which are sold to Mountaire. Hemric has been in the business for 27 years. Hemric said the damage was more than $200,000 worth. He did have insurance on the facility, though that will likely only cover two-thirds of the cost of the damages.
Hemric praised the quick work of the fire departments in protecting the other homes nearby.
“I just thank the good Lord nobody was hurt,” Hemric said. “There’s things to be thankful for, too.”
Hemric said he does plan to rebuild the chicken house.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.