The fire kills 240,000 chickens on a Florida farm

Nearly a quarter of a million chickens died in a fire on a Florida farm run by one of the nation’s largest egg producers

DADE CITY, Fla. – Early Thursday, 240,000 chickens died on a Florida farm run by one of the country’s largest egg producers.

The Pasco County Fire Department reported that three barns, each containing up to 80,000 chickens, caught fire at its Mississippi-based Cal-Maine plant. It was reported at about 1 a.m.

The company states on its website that it is the largest producer and distributor of shell eggs in the United States. It sells under brands like Egg-Land’s Best and Land O ‘Lakes.

The farm, one of many in Cal-Maine, is located about 40 miles north of Tampa.

The company has more than 50 million chickens nationwide and sells more than one billion eggs a year, which is about 20% of the country’s production.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.