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Will a fire at a egg supplier in northern Utah cause prices to increase? The company president says no

Apr 24, 2024, 6:14 PM | Updated: 7:01 pm

LEWISTON, Cache County A fire to one of the top suppliers of eggs in Utah has sparked the question whether egg prices and supplies will be impacted.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. It occurred in one of the chicken barns at Oakdell Egg Farms in Lewiston, north of Logan.

The fire destroyed the barn and killed more than a 100,000 chickens. That farm alone produces more than one million eggs a day. Many of those eggs end up in grocery stores around the state.

“It was a very unfortunate event, but we feel very fortunate that it was not worse than it was,” said Cliff Lillywhite, president of Oakdell Egg Farms.

Lillywhite doesn’t expect there will be an impact on egg prices.

“The short answer is no,” he said. “Will it hurt us? Yes. But there is enough eggs out there. We have enough eggs in our system that we can back fill in some of that.”

Large fire burns through Oakdell Egg Farms in Cache County

Other difficult times

It was just two years ago Oakdell Egg Farms was devastated by the bird flew, or avian influenza, and had to put down a 1.5 million birds at the farm.

“We’ve been through some tough times up there,” Lillywhite said.

Craig Buttars, commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, says this is the worst agriculture fire he’s seen in the state. However, he is grateful it didn’t catch other barns on fire or shut down production for the company.

A fire to one of the top suppliers of eggs in Utah has sparked the question whether egg prices and supplies will be impacted. (Dan Rascon, KSL TV)

“They are very fortunate,” Buttars said. “No injuries or loss to human life. There may be some opportunities for us to provide some financial assistance. And of course, we will assess that situation and see if there is a way for us to assist that business.”

Firefighters are being credited for keeping the fire contained. They contained the fire despite the fact that there are no fire hydrants in the area and water trucks had to be used to fight the fire.

“We had seven tenders that were bringing water to us,” said Jason Winn, the fire marshal of Cache County Fire District. “We were actually pushing 1,100 gallons of water a minute for the whole five hours while we were up there.”

Lillywhite told KSL TV that a power washer suddenly caught on fire and that caused the barn to catch on fire.

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Will a fire at a egg supplier in northern Utah cause prices to increase? The company president says no