IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - An estimated 11,000 chickens died after flames engulfed an Iredell County chicken house on Tuesday morning.
Several firefighters responded to the farm off of Vaughn Mill Road after a neighbor called 911 just after 7 a.m.
The county fire marshal believed the fire started due to an electrical issue.
Miranda Rutledge was sleeping inside her house, which is right next to the farm, when she was awoken by first responders.
"It's just terrifying," Rutledge said. "It was all in flames. There was smoke everywhere."
She said a firefighter told her flames could have spread to her home, but the surrounding damp ground from recent rain kept the fire contained.
"I was terrified," she said. "I didn't go back to sleep until the flames were completely out."
The fire marshal said it's the second time a chicken house burned down on the property. He said an empty one caught fire back in October, again due to an electrical issue.
The chicken house's owners declined to talk to on-camera. They said they're still trying to process the devastation.