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Hundreds of birds killed in barn fire

October 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A fire raced through a barn killing hundreds of birds in Sylmar Wednesday morning.The fire, reported just after 1 a.m., lit up the night and tore through a barn. Flames quickly spread to a nearby garage.

Residents did their best to slow the flames down.

"I grabbed a hose, tried to put it out, but it was too hot, too intense," said neighbor Moyses Guevara.

Fire crews put out the flames in just 30 minutes, but not before the fire burned through horse stables, a barn, a motor home and part of a garage on an adjacent lot.

No horses or people were hurt, but about 300 chickens, ducks and turkeys died in the fire.

The owners of the property did not want to talk to Eyewitness News about their losses.

As bad as the fire was, it could have been much worse. While it did spread to surrounding structures, no homes were damaged.

"It's a really lovely semi-rural area of the city, but something like this starting could spread across a block, I suppose. People are very careful and concerned, but when it's as dry as this, it's pretty dangerous," said local resident Anath White.

Investigators do not yet know how the fire started.


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