About 4,800 chickens perished in a fire that destroyed a compound at a chicken ranch in Taku, Shiga Prefecture, early Saturday morning.
According to police, flames were seen coming from the 1,000-square-meter compound at around 2:30 a.m. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to extinguish the blaze, NTV reported.
An employee of the farm suffered light burns. Police believe the probable cause of the fire was an explosion caused by a gas heating unit.© Japan Today