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Barn fire kills 30 chickens, several alpacas near Libertyville

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  • Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a barn Tuesday near Libertyville.

      Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a barn Tuesday near Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters investigate a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.

      Firefighters investigate a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • This horse escaped a fire that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday, but 30 chickens and several alpacas died.

      This horse escaped a fire that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday, but 30 chickens and several alpacas died.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters head to the scene of a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.

      Firefighters head to the scene of a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Crews from seven fire departments responded to a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.

      Crews from seven fire departments responded to a blaze that destroyed a barn near Libertyville on Tuesday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
By Ronnie Wachter
Daily Herald correspondent

Thirty chickens and several alpacas died when a Libertyville barn caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Libertyville Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Conner said the fire began at 1:12 p.m. at 14060 W. Old School Road -- a farm with numerous animals -- inside a barn. Farmhands moved several horses and goats out of the 40-foot by 40-foot barn, but 30 chickens in coops and several alpacas died, Conner said, correcting an initial report that said no animals had been killed. The cats who lived in the barn also escaped, he said.

Conner said the blaze did not hurt any humans at the scene, but it destroyed the barn.

Investigators have not yet determined a cause, he said.

Firefighters from seven departments battled the fire.

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