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Business continues after fire kills 6,000 chickens

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Flames lit up the sky west of Charles City Monday night, as the fire department battled an electrical fire fueled by strong winds.

Flare-ups later in the night had firefighters on scene until early Tuesday morning.  Tuesday evening, $3,000,000 worth of damage was visible from the road. The building completely leveled by the fire.

Smoke was still rising from the remnants of the fire, which killed 6,000 chickens nearly 24 hours after it began.

The facility is part of Zoetis, an animal health company that makes animal vaccines for farmers in Iowa and across the world.  The facility was built back in March to decrease the company's need for outside egg suppliers.  Because it was a new addition to the Charles City campus, manufacturing continued Tuesday without disruption.

According to a Zoetis spokesperson, the major fire will not affect the more than 400 employees, or the company's supply of vaccines.

"Thankfully, no colleagues were injured in the fire.  We especially want to thank the fire department, emergency responders, first responders, and our own colleagues who responded to the fire," said Zoetis Spokesperson, Elinor White.

White says it's unclear at this time if the facility will be rebuilt.

The Charles City plant has been in operation for nearly 60 years under various companies, and was bought out by Zoetis in 2013. 

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