Nine FDs fight hen house blaze Sunday near Granger



Fire destroyed an industrial chicken farm in eastern Dallas County Sunday afternoon.

The fire at 16845 Xavier Ave. was reported about 3 p.m. The facility houses 79,000 chickens, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources records.

Responding to the rural fire in the Granger Fire District were firefighters from nine volunteer fire departments: Bouton, Dallas Center, Granger, Johnston-Grimes, Madrid, Minburn, Polk City, Waukee and Woodward.

The egg-laying facility stands on a 17.5-acre parcel and is owned by the Robert E and Dena M. Keller Revocable Trust, according to county records. The egg factory consists of two 66′ x 582′ hen houses and 40′ x 70′ steel utility building.

The billowing smoke from the chicken farm fire was visible for miles, and the air was redolent with the stench of swine feces from the Robert Manning hog confinement nearby.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputies closed Xavier Avenue to through traffic between 165th and 175th streets in order to facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles. The Dallas County EMS also responded, with the Granger Water Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Communications assisting.

“We are lucky to have such a great team to help us on days like today,” said a spokesperson from the Granger Volunteer Fire Department. will update this story as information becomes available.


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