SWOOPE, Va. (CBS Washington/AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire at a turkey house in Swoope that killed an estimated 10,000 birds.

Officials at Augusta County Fire & Rescue told CBS Washington that the cause of the fire, which reportedly blazed on for several hours, has not yet been determined.

Responding firefighters from multiple firehouses were allegedly on the scene until almost midnight.

The fire occurred Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.

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Comments (25)
  1. Justme says:

    There goes the price of Thanksgiving turkey up to the sky, I bet.

  2. Hokie Smoke says:

    I bet it smelled delicious

  3. TX turkey hunter says:

    smoked turkey, anyone? sorry, couldn’t resist

  4. SCOTT JONES says:

    I hope they had some kind of insurance on them. Does workers comp cover that sort of thing?
    That being said, QUICK!!! SOMEBODY GET THE GRAVY!!!

  5. Curt says:

    10,000 is a small dent in the overall scheme of Thanksgiving. My heart goes out the owner who has lost his inventory 10-15 days before the big turkey sales.

  6. Gob3s says:

    This has made me hungry.

  7. rob says:

    I bet you’ll see these on the supermarket shelves as “pre-cooked turkeys”

  8. scott jones says:

    If Iran intered Turkey from the rear would Greece Help?

  9. TheRealKingMax says:

    Want breasts….

  10. Allan says:

    No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!

  11. Dave M says:

    What you mean “no injuries reported”? 10,000 turkeys burned to death… lol

  12. Justthefacts says:

    No injuries were reported….I guess well done does not an injury make!

  13. unbelivable says:

    This is what happens when you let your turkeys play with matches!

  14. Mike says:

    Probably started by PETA to challenge raising of turkeys to be eaten by people.

    If you were one of the firefighters, would you still want turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner?

  15. Multiuseless says:

    “Responding firefighters from multiple firehouses were allegedly on the scene until almost midnight.” Allegedly? Do you think there will be an investigation as to whether or not they were on the scene and for how long?

    1. Justthefacts says:

      They allegedly were seen carrying gravy boats and cranberry sauce

      1. Jed says:


  16. LTachner says:

    May I have a leg?

  17. Max17 says:

    Did they burn the stuffing too?

  18. Dialla Ingalis says:

    ELFs strike again

  19. Anonymous says:



    1. redneck herbivore says:

      I do.

    2. NoRespect says:

      I know huh……What a bunch of baste-erds!

  20. sunflower853 says:

    PETA did it. They were trying to save the birds from a fate worse than…

    oh, nevermind.

  21. Valerie says:

    What an incredible loss of so many lives being trapped and burned to death. I can’t imagine anyone…. humans or animals having their lives ended in that horrific manner!!

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