Thousands Of Turkeys Lost In Fire

Thousands of turkeys were killed when a morning fire ripped through a Duplin County turkey house.

The Duplin County Emergency Manager says a turkey house on the Duplin-Onslow County line was destroyed in a fire early Thursday.

The fire happened at the Neil Horne farm on Frank Swinson Lane off of Back Swamp Road. Officials say the fire was reported around 6 a.m.

Horne says the house contained 6300 turkeys which arrived just Tuesday. They managed to save about 50 of the turkeys, but about half of those ended up dying from smoke inhalation.

Two other turkey houses were saved which contain about 15,000 birds. Horne has had the farm since 1969 and this was his first fire.

Authorities believe an electrical problem started the fire.


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  • by Mortie Location: NC on Mar 3, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    Bertie, Been a while since I saw so many suckers caught on a single cast. Good fishin. :)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    No Bingo Sawyer, you are just content being controlled by big business. They are the ones who dictate how these operations have to be run to be financially viable operations.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    smoked turkey anyone?
  • by bingo sawyer Location: the farm on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Annonymous and bertie. You 2 are idiots.
  • by BLAHammed on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Bertie cut it with that jive,jive turkey.
  • by James Location: Duplin Co on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Bertie's post comfirms how "idiotic" he/she can be!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Abuse because they are locked in tight quarters in a dark building and when something like this happens, oh well, they get burned to death. If we were to raise these animals in fields with containment and a place to roost, then they would at least have somewhere to go if their housing caught on fire...but that would take too much land and cost more money, and we all know we cant do that.
  • by Nikki Location: Duplin County on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Animal Abuse? HOW??? You must be a vegetarian.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    TO BERTIE. i bet there is more abuse of this kind every Thanksgiving day.!! u must work for PETA!!
  • by Austin Location: Richlands on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    To Bertie: How is this animal abuse? My Dad is a turkey farmer and there is certainly nothing inhumane about this kind of work. You like eating turkey right? I suggest you not start bashing someone else's job! I personally know the family who lost these houses and let me just say, this is basically a worse case scenario for them. The farmer has lost a big source of income for his family.
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