North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters Dave Hanson and Stephanie Mace clear out a burning storage building Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters Dave Hanson and Stephanie Mace clear out a burning storage building Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

No chickens harmed in coop fire

No birds or people were injured or killed in a chicken coop fire Monday morning.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at 7:35 a.m. on Penn Cove Road, according to fire Chief Mark Kirko.

Kirko said personnel were on the scene in about four minutes and had the fire under control within approximately five minutes.

The coop and attached storage building were a total loss, he said. No damage was reported to other structures.

Although the cause of fire hadn’t been determined yet, Kirko said Monday morning it’s common for coops to catch on fire when heat lamps meant to keep chicks warm are knocked over by the birds.

The fowl managed to escape, although they immediately tried to re-enter the ashy remains of the building after firefighters extinguished the flames.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter Stephanie Mace works to extinguish the last flames on a chicken coop that caught fire Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter Stephanie Mace works to extinguish the last flames on a chicken coop that caught fire Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

A North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter walks through the remains of a chicken coop and storage building that burned down Monday morning on Penn Cove Road. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

A North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter walks through the remains of a chicken coop and storage building that burned down Monday morning on Penn Cove Road. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Chickens and a rooster re-enter their coop after it burned up Monday in a fire on Penn Cove Road. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Chickens and a rooster re-enter their coop after it burned up Monday in a fire on Penn Cove Road. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

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