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Saranac – About 250,000 hens have been killed during a fire at a mid-Michigan poultry operation.

The blaze started Tuesday evening in a barn at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac, east of Grand Rapids. Operations resumed Wednesday.

MLive.com reports that the ranch supplies eggs to McDonald’s restaurants and other customers.

Herb Herbruck, one of the company’s operators, said in a statement that about 250,000 hens were in the barn. The fire was contained to one barn and did not spread to other structures at the ranch.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The family-owned company was founded in 1958. The company’s website says it has 6 million egg-laying hens.

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