'Sad and tragic': Fire kills 7,500 egg-producing hens in Sask.
Saskatchewan Egg Producers says fire won't have impact on eggs getting to consumers
A massive barn fire at a large chicken farm in central Saskatchewan is not expected to have an impact on consumers.
On Monday afternoon, a building at Harman Poultry north of Prince Albert was engulfed in flames. Provincial government water bombers were called in to back up firefighters who battled the fire for several hours.
Two dozen firefighters and six trucks from the city and local municipality were called out.
Cam Broten, executive director of the Saskatchewan Egg Producers, said the egg industry in the province is "very saddened" by the deadly fire.
"It's always a sad and tragic thing in the rare occasion that it happens," Broten said. "So we're really sad and concerned with this event."
About 7,500 hens were killed in the fire, according to Broten.
"The fire that occurred was in one barn and that's what was lost," he said.
"Thanks to the quick acting on the ground, over 80 per cent of the birds there, were saved and preserved."
Harman Poultry produces eggs that are shipped across Canada. Looking at the overall "picture of egg supply in the province", Broten said it is still stable.
"We have over a million birds in the province, and so people don't need to be concerned a shortage of eggs on grocery store shelves or anything like that," he said.
With files from the Canadian Press