A fire in West End left 19,000 chickens dead after a chicken house caught fire. The fire occurred at the Watts Auman Farm at 3076 Hwy 73 in West End around 9:40 p.m. Thursday.

The first fire units on the scene found flames and heavy smoke coming from the chicken house. Multiple fire departments responded from across the county.


19,000 chickens died in a fire at Watts Auman Farm in West End Thanksgiving evening.

It took firefighters approximately 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

One chicken was rescued from the charred remains and seemed to be unharmed and alert and appeared to make quick friends with the firefighters.

A short while later, a handful of other chickens were found alive and brought out to safety.


Everette Parsons with Eastwood Fire Department holds a surviving chicken.

The Watts Auman Farm has been in business for a number of years and is associated with Perdue Farms.

An identical chicken house was untouched by the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Responding to the fire were units from West End, Eagle Springs, Seven Lakes, Pinehurst, Carthage, Southern Pines, and Eastwood.

Sandhills_Sentinel~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Publisher B.J. Goodridge.

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