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      Fire kills 6,000 chicks at Perdue research facility in Maryland

      Note: This is an AP stock photo of chickens, not at Perdue facility.

      POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials at Perdue farms say 6,000 chicks were killed in a fire at its research facility near Pocomoke City.

      Spokeswoman Julie DeYoung says the fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in two buildings on the campus. She says no employees were there because all had left at 2 p.m.

      DeYoung says the facility does research on breeds, nutrition and feeding.

      The cause of the fire is under investigation.