Chickens Die in Hartland Barn Fire

Several chickens died when a barn on Balance Rock Road in East Hartland went up in flames Thursday evening, according to fire officials at the scene.

Firefighters from Granby, Tolland, East Hartland, West Hartland and Barkhamsted were called to 38 Balance Rock Road shortly before 7 p.m., emergency dispatchers said.

Flames destroyed the detached barn that housed chickens, but did not spread to the house, according to firefighters at the scene. Although the chickens were killed, no humans were hurt.

The fire marshal will investigate to determine the cause of the fire, which officials speculate may have started when a light or heating lamp tipped over.

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