Hickman’s Family Farms is rebuilding its Arlington South facility after a devastating March 6 fire that claimed 165,000 hens and leveled two barns.
“Those birds can’t be replaced,” said Sharman Hickman of Hickman’s Family Farms. “They’re part of our bird family here. Our staff is upset over the loss of these birds.”
Fire officials are still investigating the cause.
Hickman said she received the call regarding the fire shortly after noon. Family members were attempting to extinguish the fire, save the birds and rescue staff when firefighters were dispatched.
“Our focus was get in there, get the blaze out, save the hens and keep humans safe,” Hickman said.
Arlington South and Arlington North are separated by Ward Road. The chicken houses are numbered one through 12 in Arlington South, and 13 to 26 in Arlington North.
The Buckeye Valley Fire District, the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, city of Buckeye, Goodyear, Avondale and Harquahala Fire District sent more than 60 firefighters to Hickman’s Family Farms.
“The firefighters came as fast as they could,” Hickman said. “I just want to say thank you. I’ve been watching all the trucks all day. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had six vehicles to make sure everybody stopping to film was safe.
“As the trucks were leaving, the cleanup and rebuild teams were coming in, along with all of the engineers from the other farms. We’re trying to build. But there will be no interruptions in our deliveries. I’m looking at fully loaded semis getting ready to make deliveries tomorrow morning.”