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Barn fire kills 600 game birds

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TOWN OF GENESEE, Wis. (AP) -- A fire at a game farm and hunt club in Waukesha County has destroyed a barn and killed hundreds of pheasants.

The fire at the Wern Valley Pheasant Farm in the Town of Genesee started shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday. It destroyed one barn and damaged a second.

Riley Williams is with Wern Valley Sportsmen's Club. She says 600 pheasant chicks were killed. She says the fire may have been caused by a heater in the aging barn, and there's no immediate indication of foul play. Authorities say they're investigating heaters as a possible source of the fire.

Williams says about the farm still has about 10,000 pheasants, and business is expected to continue as usual.

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