Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Cherokee County Fire and Emergency services responded to the fire to find about half of a commercial-sized chicken house on fire.
“Earlier reports indicated that a neighbor saw flames coming out of the structure and contacted 911,” fire spokesman Tim Cavender said in a release. “The heavy winds caused the fire to spread quickly, but firefighters were able to contain the fire before it destroyed the entire chicken house.”
Cavender said he did not believe the residents of the home, also located on the property, were there at the time of the fire.
“There was a good enough distance between the home and the chicken house that we didn’t really worry about it catching on fire, too,” Cavender said.
No injuries — poultry or otherwise — were reported and both lanes of Old Lathemtown Road were blocked until the operation was complete.
Cavender said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.