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.