The Washington Post

Chickens, pigs, dogs killed in barn fire

- — Martin Weil

Hundreds of animals were killed Sunday in a huge fire in Prince William County, the fire department said.

Reports indicated that about 500 chickens were killed in a massive blaze in a barn in the Gainesvill­e area of the county. Four dogs and three pigs also died, the department said.

A passerby spotted the blaze early Sunday in the 15000 block of Lee Highway, the department said, and firefighte­rs were sent there at 3:39 a.m.

The fire department said the barn was engulfed in flames so extensive that none of the animals inside could be saved.

The barn was destroyed. The fire marshal’s office determined the blaze to be an accident.

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