MILLINGTON — A Millington farmer lost an entire flock of chickens in a two-alarm fire Friday night, Jan. 11.
Clyde Ellingsworth discovered the fire in his chicken house on his farm at 218 Legion Road, about 10:28 p.m., according the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The first firefighters responding found the 42 foot by 550 foot structure well involved and called for a tanker task force for water to battle the blaze. Community Fire Company of Millington was the company in charge.
In addition to Community Fire Company, departments responding included Sudlersville, Crumpton, Clayton, Kennedyville, Galena, Goldsboro, Hartley, Townsend and Chestertown. It took 60 firefighters about two hours to control the flames, the fire marshal’s office reported.
The chicken house was destroyed and the flock of chickens inside perished. Damages are estimated at $200,00 for the structure and $75,000 for the contents, the fire marshal’s office said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy State Fire Marshal Jeff Thomas at the Easton office, 410-822-7609.