Building with 200,000 chickens and farm equipment dealer burn in separate fires

Two pieces of Minnesota's agricultural infrastructure were destroyed by fire within days of each other.

Firefighters battle the fire at Forsman Farms. (Dassel Fire Department/Facebook)

A Minnesota barn containing 200,000 chickens and an agricultural equipment dealer both burned down recently in two separate fires.

The chicken barn belonged to Forsman Farms, a major egg producer that sells three million eggs per day. The specific building that was destroyed sat on the company’s Howard Lake farm and was described by a spokesperson as a “substantial facility.” The spokesperson said tens of thousands of chickens were killed, at the very least.

Flames engulf a Forsman Farms facility in Howard Lake. (Dassel Fire Department/Facebook)

Fortunately, Forsman Farms can keep operating other buildings on site and maintains five separate locations around the Midwest that will not experience any interruptions. Further, they say they won’t be laying off any employees as a result of the fire, which occurred May 28.

Officials do not think foul play is involved in the chicken fire, but an investigation is ongoing.

A Minnesota Valley Irrigation facility also burned down in Wadena last week. Minnesota Valley Irrigation provides the massive irrigation systems that keep fields watered during periods of insufficient rain. The blaze resulted in a total loss.

Although these two losses both occurred in the agriculture sector and similar incidents have garnered media attention around the U.S., fact-checkers are sure there’s nothing to be worried about. “There’s been no significant increase in fires at food production facilities so far in 2022,” reassures The site has taken aim at Tucker Carlson for having a guest on his show in April who discussed a high-profile string of destructive events at food processing plants.


Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.