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100,000 Washington chickens died when alarm failed

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A lawsuit filed by an Oregon egg producer says an alarm system failed during an electrical malfunction that halted ventilation at a brooder building in Washington state, suffocating about 100,000 hens. A lawsuit filed by an Oregon egg producer says an alarm system failed during an electrical malfunction that halted ventilation at a brooder building in Washington state, suffocating about 100,000 hens.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by an Oregon egg producer says an alarm system failed during an electrical malfunction that halted ventilation at a brooder building in Washington state, suffocating about 100,000 hens.

The suit in federal court seeks $500,000 from the installer of the controller.

The Capital Press agricultural publication reports (http://is.gd/klIxse ) the producer is Willamette Egg Farms of Canby. The suit names Spectrum Communications of Moses Lake, which didn't have a comment immediately.

The suit says a circuit breaker tripped on May 10, 2013, halting ventilation fans in the brooder building at the egg producer's Moses Lake facility.

It said a controller installed by Spectrum failed to signal an alarm for more than three hours, and the chickens died in abnormally high heat.

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Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/

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