Buffalo Township community rallies together after barn catches fire, more than 30,000 chicks perish

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BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — After a devastating fire that killed thousands of chickens, the community came together Tuesday to help the family.

Dozens of people rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

The saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a family.” That was true for the Boop family in Buffalo Township.

“I’m thinking we must live in one of the best neighborhoods in the world,” fire victim Preston Boop said.

Tuesday dozens of neighbors came together to haul debris from what was a massive fire Saturday night. The fire happened at a barn with what we know now to be 32,000 chickens inside.

“Mifflinburg Fire Company did a phenomenal job in saving the second house,” Boop said.

A house is being referenced as a barn. The Mifflinburg Fire Company and state police fire marshal gave the owners the okay to clean up the wreckage. The owners want to pick up the pieces as quickly as possible.

“Sanitation and get rid of the smoke in the community and what have you,” Boop said.

The Amish community put aside their own work to organize the clean-up.

“These folks have what they refer to as a hot wire to put the message out,” Boop said.

Message received. The owners hope to have the debris cleaned up by before the rain moves in over the next few days.

Boop says he plans to rebuild to continue suppling organic chickens in stores.

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