Firefighters from various fire companies throughout Delaware and Maryland responded to a 4-alarm fire Monday evening that ultimately destroyed four buildings at the ISE America chicken farm in Cecilton, Md.


Firefighters from various fire companies throughout Delaware and Maryland responded to a 4-alarm fire Monday evening that ultimately destroyed four buildings at the ISE America chicken farm in Cecilton, Md.

According to a spokesperson at the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company, the first alarm went out at around 7:20 p.m. Somewhere around 150 firefighters, including those from Middletown, Odessa, Townsend, Port Penn, Delaware City and Smyrna, responded to the call.

The fire originally ignited in Barn No. 2, and due to high winds, employees and firefighters were unable to keep it contained. Due to the efforts of the fire crews, the farm’s remaining six barns were spared.

Although it is said the blaze was under control by midnight, firefighters remained on the scene until 3 a.m., Tuesday morning.

While no one needed to be evacuated from the buildings, a spokesperson from ISE America said an estimated 285,000 chickens perished. That number represents approximately 40 percent of the farm’s poultry population.

The Maryland-based company produces approximately 48,000 dozen eggs per day at the Cecilton site and has buildings throughout Cecil County.

Company representatives said Tuesday that ISE was working on getting back to normal operation and processing could resume by the end of the week.

A cause for Monday’s fire could not be given yet, but with strong wind gusts and high temperatures, the National Weather Service issued an advisory Monday that fires would be more likely that day.