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Fire at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch could impact local egg supply

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. — Multiple fire departments are working to contain a fire Tuesday at Herbruck's Poultry Ranch in Ionia County.

The fire broke out around 6:19 p.m. at Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, 478 W. Portland Rd. in the Lake Odessa area of Berlin Township. Officials with Herbruck's say employees had noticed smoke from one of the barns.

None of the birds in that barn survived. FOX 17 is told the birds were laying hens, and helped supply eggs to McDonald's.

A Herbruck's statement says a determination of what caused the fire will take several weeks. Those with the company also say no workers or first responders were hurt.

Herbruck's says it appreciated the community's heartfelt prayers.

This isn't the first fire at the facility. Multiple departments responded to an incident in 2015, and in 2018 a fire broke out an egg cooler. No injuries were reported in either incident.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office later sent out a notice that it received multiple 911 calls Tuesday regarding a smell of smoke in the air. The department says it was in relation to the fire at Herbruck's. However they remind anyone with concerns about the source of the smell of a fire should always call 911 immediately.

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