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Fire contained at Allegan County egg farm

Fire broke out at Vande Bunte Eggs Friday
Posted at 1:09 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 22:11:01-05

OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Crews are working to contain a large fire Friday afternoon at a farm in Allegan County.

It broke out around 11 a.m. at Vande Bunte Eggs, located on 110th Avenue west of 21st Street in Otsego Township.

A spokesperson for the farm said the fire is contained and there were 550,000 hens inside the barns that were damaged. They weren't able to say how many of the hens were impacted but did confirm one of the buildings was a total loss.

The farm said containing the fire to one barn saved the lives of 250,000 birds, but 300,000 were lost.

Several fire departments were at the scene working to put the fire out. It wasn't immediately clear what started the blaze.

The spokesperson said 50 people work at the site and there were only very minor injuries.

The farm supplies more than 550,000 eggs per day to retailers and restaurants across Michigan, which isn't expected to be impacted by the fire.

Vande Bunte Eggs Up Close with Rob Knecht from Seth Douwsma on Vimeo.