Chicken coop fire in Lebanon spreads to neighbor's shop

LEBANON, Ore. -- Fire crews were called out to extinguish a chicken coop fire that was spotted in Lebanon at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

By the time firefighters arrived to the rural address on Snow Peak Drive the coop fire had spread to a shop building on a neighboring property.

The fires were brought under control at around 7 a.m.

Officials said a chicken and 15 to 20 doves and pigeons died in the fire.

The cause is still under investigation, although early indicators point to an electrical failure in the chicken coop, Lebanon Fire District prevention officer Jon Davis said.

Crews estimate the coop was a $1,500 loss, while damage to the shop and its contents are an estimated $75,000.

Incident command called for a 2nd alarm after crews arrived on scene. Davis said the remote, rural setting required a strike team of water tenders. A total of 18 apparatus and 45 people responded to the fire. Albany Fire, Scio-Crabtree Fire, Brownsville Fire, Sweet Home Fire, and Oregon Department of Forestry all provided mutual aid, he said.