Fire kills more than 200 exotic birds in Kilgore

Longview News-Journal/Kevin Green
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 1:12pm

The owner of more than 200 exotic birds that perished in a Sunday fire said he is heartbroken by the loss and isn’t sure how he’ll move forward.

“It’s just like losing your kids. It’s devastating,” a teary-eyed Tommy Hayes explained as he sat in front of the charred building that housed his exotic bird collection for 33 years.

“I didn’t do less for them than for my kids,” he said. “That’s why I tried to get them out.”

The fire erupted about 1 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Harris Street.

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