Chicken coop heat lamp cause of Wednesday evening fire

Chicken coop heat lamp cause of Wednesday evening fire
(Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. the Amarillo Fire Department responded to a fire in the 5300 block of Tawney and found fire coming from the alley and back yard.

A storage building, chicken coop, backyard play equipment, wooden fence, and utility pole were on fire. A fence across the alley also caught fire from the radiant heat, and an electrical service line was damaged.

Crews were able to call the fire under control by 8:55 p.m.

The Amarillo Fire Marshal's Office determined a heat lamp in the chicken coop started the fire, which then spread to the other areas.

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The residents were not home when the fire started. Several chickens perished in the fire.

The fire was ruled as accidental. Damages are estimated at $25,000.

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