BERKS COUNTY (AP) – Nearly 70,000 chickens have perished as fire swept through several buildings at a Berks County farm. Firefighters were faced with flames and thick smoke when they arrived at A&L Farms in the 3300 block of Mountain Road in Upper Bern Township early today. A fire official said two buildings were burned to the ground and an egg house sustained partial damage. This was the third fire at the farm in recent years. A 2019 blaze claimed the lives of over 37,000 chickens and a fire in 2015 destroyed an empty barn. A fire marshal is investigating the cause of the latest blaze.