More than 20,000 quails and 30 pigs perished in an early morning fire that destroyed a 19th century barn at a Vermont game bird farm.
Springfield firefighters have not determined what caused the dawn fire at the Cavendish Game Birds farm that leveled the hulking barn and its iconic silo on Wednesday.
The Eagle Times of Claremont reports that the family-owned company – which has been in business 25 years – is the largest producers of Coturnix quails in New England.
Bill Thompson started the business in his backyard. He and his brother, Rick, purchased the 75-acre farm in 1998.
The Thompsons said the quails that died in the fire represent half their stock, but they are determined to rebuild the barn and the business.