A Grady County Fire Kills Thousands of Chickens

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"It was extremely cold that night," said Grady County Fire Chief Wayne Hadden.

Grady County Fire Chief Coordinator Wayne Hadden paints a picture of a fire that killed close to twenty-thousand chickens.

"Our efforts were to save the third building to make sure it didn't become involved because it was such a large fire," said Hadden.

Three chicken houses once stood here before the fire and now it's nothing but a pile of rubble .

Hadden said when firefighters arrived Sunday night the blaze was fully involved.

"Our efforts were to save the third building to make sure it didn't become involved because it was such a large fire," said Hadden.

Hadden said nearly 40 firefighters from different departments took this dirt road to the blaze in efforts to preserve as much as possible.

"Some of our firefighters found there were some evidence of fire in the third building and once we found that.... that's what tipped our people that we may be dealing with more than an accident."

WCTV reached out to Equity Group who is the owner of the chickens; they released a statement saying quote:

"Equity group is cooperating with that investigation... until such times as the investigation is completed and the fire marshal has ruled on the cause it would be inappropriate for Equity Group to discuss this matter."

"If for someone to do something like this it makes it difficult and makes us aggressively try to find out who and why and stop it from happening again," said Hadden.


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