Baffoni’s Poultry Farm posted on Facebook Wednesday morning that a fire in one of its coops resulted in no staff injuries, but roughly 3,000 chickens were killed.
The account’s Facebook page said the blaze began around 5 a.m. In a statement released on the page later that morning, the farm thanked customers for their “patience and understanding” as staff works to remain open at usual capacity. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and a call to Johnston Fire Chief Peter Lamb was not returned before press time.
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our customers and the community,” the statement reads. “We are especially grateful to the Johnston Fire Department for working quickly to extinguish the fire … We will rebuild and we will continue to provide the community with our farm fresh poultry products. Thank you for your continued support through this difficult time!”
Well wishes poured in for the Johnston staple, with members of the community saying they were sorry to hear about the fire but grateful everyone was able to stay safe.
“All of us are so sorry to have heard the news this morning,” one commenter wrote.
“Sorry to hear this,” one other response reads. “You folks are an inspiration and are truly a cornerstone of local agriculture in RI!”