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West Stanly, several other departments respond to large fire at Stanfield chicken house

Several crews in Stanly and surrounding counties responded to a large commercial structure fire Thursday morning at Brooks Road off N.C. Highway 200 in Stanfield.

West Stanly Engine 1, Tanker 2, Squad 1 and Car 1 were initially dispatched at around 9:42 a.m. to the property, according to Stanly County Assistant Fire Marshal Evan Faulkner. West Stanly fire personnel arrived to find a 42-foot by 500-foot chicken house well over 50 percent consumed in flames.

Due to the remote location of the property, West Stanly requested additional assistance from other departments.

Water hoses were deployed to cut off extension of the fire to three other houses. An alarm for tankers were requested, according to a West Stanly Facebook post detailing the incident, and a water supply was established utilizing three drop tanks.

As additional departments arrived, they were assigned to suppression, deploying additional water lines and overhaul. The fire was contained to the one house, though it burned down.

There were no reported injuries, either from firefighters or anyone else on the property, Faulkner said.

After almost three hours, the crews got the fire under control at around 12:20 p.m.

Faulkner said the cause of the fire was due to an electrical failure.

The other departments that assisted included Oakboro, Midland, New Salem, Unionville, Ridgecrest, Endy, Mount Pleasant, Flowes and Monroe. Support agencies that helped included Stanly County 911, Cabarrus County 911, Union County C-Com, Stanly County EMS, Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and Stanly County Fire Marshal’s Office.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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