Fire chief: 3,600 baby chicks killed in midstate fire

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 17, 2017 5:04 AM

(Elizabethtown) -- A fire chief says 3,600 chicks have been killed in a chicken house fire at a Lancaster County farm.

Rheems Fire Chief Charles Stanford says a malfunctioning heater caused the fire Monday afternoon at the farm in West Donegal Township. 

The chief says the farm hands worked to hold the fire in check until firefighters arrived, but it wasn't enough to save the chicks.

The fire caused about $16,000 damage to the building.

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