Barn fire at the Ely Fischer farm in Lancaster County, Pa., on Feb. 10, 2022. (Timothy Coover Maytown/East Donegal Township Fire Department Photographer)

Tens of thousands of egg-laying chickens are estimated to have been killed in a barn fire on May 28 at one of Minnesota’s largest egg producers.

Wright County fire officials reportedly are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze at Forsman Farms that destroyed the building.

“We’re surveying the damage to see if there’s anything beyond the building” that suffered structural damage, company spokesman Jon Austin told The Epoch Times. “It’s a substantial facility with hundreds of thousands of chickens on-site.”

However, Forsman Farms plans to continue operating in other buildings on-site and five other locations throughout the upper Midwest to maintain egg production levels and supply.

Established in 1918, the Howard Lake facility is the company’s oldest, producing more than 3 million eggs per day.

The company operates with 30 to 40 employees, and none will be laid off because of the fire, Austin said.

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