Fire destroys Covert Twp. chicken coop

Firefighters put out a fire Wednesday that levelled a chicken coop in Covert Township. Some 100 chickens perished.

COVERT — Some 100 chickens perished Wednesday when the chicken coop they resided in caught fire.

The fire was reported at 10:45 a.m. after a neighbor saw it, Covert Township Fire Chief Doug Myers said. The neighbor notified the daughter of the chicken coop’s owner, Martin Pedroza, and she called 911.

When firefighters arrived, the coop at 74221 24th Ave. was engulfed in flames.

“It was a fairly large coop, probably 50-feet long by 20-feet wide,” Myers said. “There was extensive damage. It pretty much burned to the ground,” Myers said.

Firefighters, however, were able to protect a nearby chicken coop and garage from burning.

“We had one (coop) on fire and one catching fire,” Myers said. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or Pedroza’s family members who were at home, away from the coops.

Firefighters from South Haven Area Emergency Services, and Bangor and Watervliet fire departments provided assistance.

Because of the extensive damage to the coop, firefighters most likely won’t be able to determine how the fire started, Myers said.