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Shed fire kills up to 2,000 pigs in Co Down

The aftermath of the fire at the Co Down pig shed. Picture by Mal McCann 
Digital Staff

Up to 2,000 pigs are beleived to have perished after a fire in a large farm shed in Co Down.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue (NIFRS) were called to the blaze on the Carrigenagh Road in Kilkeel at 8.54pm last night.

One male suffered minor burns during the incident, NIFRS said. It is believed the fire was an accident. 

A spokesperson said: "Four Fire Appliances attended the incident - two from Kilkeel, Fire Station, one from Newcastle, Fire Station, one from Warrenpoint Fire Station, along with the Animal Rescue Team, a Command Support Unit and a Water Tanker.

"Firefighters worked in difficult conditions to prevent the fire spreading to adjacent buildings, however, it is believed that approximately 1500 – 2000 pigs have perished as result of the blaze.

"One male casualty suffered minor burns during the incident. The fire was brought under control by 11:50 pm and the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental ignition." 

 

NORTHERN IRELAND FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE 7th September 2020 NIFRS Statement: CARRIGENAGH ROAD, KILKEEL A...

Posted by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service on Monday, September 7, 2020

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