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Fire damages barn at Rose Acre Farms


KNOB NOSTER – Fire damaged a chicken barn housing approximately 100,000 chickens at Rose Acre Farms southeast of Knob Noster on Saturday, Nov. 12. 

According to information from the Johnson County Fire Protection District, the fire was reported by employees around 1 p.m. after staff found fire at the end of one of the facilities. Staff utilized multiple fire extinguishers while attempting to extinguish the fire.

Three JCFPD stations responded, along with automatic mutual aid from the Warrensburg Fire Department for its ladder truck. Personnel arrived and were able to quickly extinguish the fire, which caused moderate damage to a portion of the structure. The information states that limited loss of chicken life was reported.

“The fire appears to have started inside an exterior wall in the area of electrical wiring,” JCFPD Capt. Joe Jennings said in a news release. “A malfunction within the electrical wiring was not ruled out to be the cause of the fire.”

Rose Acre Farms houses approximately 1.7 to 1.8 million chickens. The building damaged by the fire was still able to maintain operations and did not displace the chickens housed in the building.