Fire Destroys Washington County Egg Farm


By Jay Knoll

WELLMAN, Iowa – Fire destroyed a Washington County poultry business Sunday afternoon. Several area fire departments were called to R & R Poultry, 1226 Fir Avenue, northwest of Wellman around 3:30 p.m.

Richard and Rhoda Beachy own the egg producing operation. They refused to say just how many hens were lost in the fire or amount of damage the fire caused. Beachy said the facility could hold up to 1,700 hens.

The couple is not sure what they're going to do next.

"It's shock and we're just going to in The Lord. He'll provide somehow, we don't know how yet but he will, he always has," Richard Beachy said.

Crews were on scene for about three hours putting out the blaze. No injuries were reported.
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