JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm in Johnston Wednesday morning.
Crews were called to the farm on Greenville Avenue around 5 a.m.
There were roughly 8,000 chickens in the building in three of the four coops. Of those, 3,000 in the first-floor coop died, and the grain room was unaffected.
“It could’ve been a lot worse. The coop has two stories, and the second floor was empty which is fortunate. It could’ve been a lot more,” Adam Baffoni said. “The other half of the coop had about 5,000 chickens in it which survived and should be just fine.”
No injuries were reported and the store will open Wednesday as normal.
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our customers and the community,” the business wrote on Facebook. “We will rebuild and continue to provide the community with our farm-fresh poultry products.”
The farm has between 20,000 to 25,000 chickens and provides meats and eggs to businesses throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Adam says he expects the business to take a hit, but will be fine overall.
It is unclear at this time what may have started the fire.
“We have to do our due diligence and do a little more digging and see what we can come up with,” Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael Sweeny said.
The farm is owned by 12 News reporter Anita Baffoni’s family.