ST. CHARLES – A house on the city’s southwest side sustained damage Wednesday when a backyard chicken coop caught fire, St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said.
Firefighters were called to the home in the 900 block of South Seventh Street at 12:08 p.m., he said. He noted a neighbor called it in, as the residents were not home.
The cause of the fire was related to a fan that was installed in the chicken coop to assist with air movement, Schelstreet said, according to a news release issued by the fire department. Damage is estimated at $10,000, according to the release.
Schelstreet said the fire, which did extend to the house, was extinguished in about 15 minutes.
The chickens did not survive, he said.
Damage to the house was limited to the exterior, he said.