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Investigators unable to find cause of Otsego farm fire

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 17:42:50-05

OTSEGO, Mich. — Investigators won’t be able to determine what caused a fire last month that killed 300,000 hens at an egg farm In Otsego.

Otsego fire officials said the damage to the building was too extensive for a cause to be definitively established. Investigators found an area where the fire started, but not a specific point of origin.

Crews were at the scene near the intersection of 110th Avenue and 21st Street for 12 1/2 hours when the fire broke out. The farm had about 550,000 hens in two barns. More than half were killed in the blaze.

The farm is an egg-laying facility produces 550,000 cage-free eggs daily to sell at stores like Meijer, Aldi and Spartan Foods.

Crews had a difficult time getting enough water to contain the fire, as there weren’t any water sources in the area. Multiple fire departments had to haul water in from outside Otsego.