Fire ravages pheasant farm, kills 500 chicks


An early morning fire on Thursday destroyed a shed housing about 500 pheasants at 6132 Co. Rd. 39 NW in Corinna Township. Robert Earley, who owns the property, suspects a heat lamp to be the cause of the fire because it appeared to have started where the youngest chicks were housed. Chicks ranged in age from 1-day-old to 16-weeks-old and the oldest birds were set to be released in the wild soon.
The fire also destroyed a 14-foot trailer containing windows, plumbing fixtures and other items. A nearby pontoon was also severely damaged, with only a gas tank and motor being salvageable. Eighteen Maple Lake volunteer firefighters responded to the fire at 1:40 a.m. The building, trailer and equipment were fully involved in flames when the firefighters arrived.  The firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.