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Clean-up of farm begins

A clean-up crew begins work tomorrow at ZRS Farms operated by Chickmont Foods Ltd, two weeks after a major blaze caused more than $770,000 in damages.

Operations manager Trevor Gunby told Barbados TODAY that the blaze left behind a soot-covered mangled structure that formerly housed 7,600 two-week-old turkeys.

“We are about to start the process of cleaning and dismantling. A crew is supposed to be in tomorrow to start that process so we have to dismantle the entire structure that was there that’s now twisted and so on,” he said.

“When we get that out of the way, we have to prepare and look and see when we can get a pre-fabricated building because these buildings are imported from the United States.”

The operations manager said the estimated cost of the damage could also increase, based on the prices of the replacement material.

The cause of the fire that destroyed the 400-foot pen located at Ridge Road, Christ Church is not yet known, as fire investors have not yet handed in their report to company officials.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, but not before the blaze could cause over $700 000 in damage.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, but not before the blaze could cause over $700 000 in damage.

“We never expected to lose such because we have never heard of a poultry barn going up in flames before and it was an eye opener. We have to work in the environment that we work in so in the future we have to do things a little different. I have to go through and probably [do more] maintenance and things like that,” he said.

In the meantime, the company is bringing in 7,000 poults at the end of the month to bolster its stock.

Gunby stressed that this would put the company in a stronger position to ensure there is no shortage of turkey during the Christmas holidays.

“We do have some turkeys [on hand]. We are bringing in some at the end of the month, which would be ready for Christmas, and there should be no shortage at all,” he said.


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