Thousands of pigs killed in farm fire

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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Over 4,000 pigs have been killed in fire at a farm near Newry at the weekend, according to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Six fire appliances were involved in tackling the intense blaze which broke out at a farm outbuilding on Derrywilligan Road, Mullaghglass on Saturday at around 5.40am.

It took firefighters seven hours to bring the fire, which destroyed three sheds, under control.

According to the Fire Service, around 800 sows and 3,500 piglets died in the incident.

Firefighters initially believed the blaze may have been started deliberately, but later said they believe it was accidental.

The farm manager told UTV that the blaze had been caused by an electrical fault.

He added that they believe the numbers of animals quoted may be an over-estimate and the exact loss is still being tallied.

Police are investigating the fire and have appealed for information.

A PSNI spokesman added: "At this stage, the cause of the fire is still under investigation and enquiries are continuing."

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