Oct 29, 2015 11:53 AM

Early morning fire kills hens at Monroe farm but owner says business will survive

MONROE – An early morning fire that killed several thousand chickens at a family-owned egg farm remains under investigation, but Pete and Gerry's Organics say the business will survive.

"We've lost two flocks of young hens," Jesse Laflamme, the company's co-owner, told the Union Leader.

The fire was discovered around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning in one of the company's nine barns, which together house about 100,000 laying birds.

While the fire was serious, it was not catastrophic for the business. Laflamme said Pete and Gerry's works with about 100 family farms throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states. The company, which sells organic and free-range eggs under the Pete and Gerry's Organics and Nellie's Cage-Free brands, also is insured.

"We'll be alright," he said, "but we're sad about our hens."

Despite the efforts of several local fire departments, the fire of as yet unknown origin spread quickly, said Laflamme, but was contained to the one barn.

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