Northern Ireland pig farm devastated by fire
A fire on a pig farm near Strabane in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, has killed 33 sows and 434 piglets, according to the BBC.
The fire took place on Thursday morning (13 August) and destroyed two units housing pigs.
Understandably, Hugh Reynolds, a joint owner at SM Pigs, told the BBC he was devastated by the blaze. However, he was quick to praise the efficiency of the fire service and their rapid service.
Despite the tragic loss of livestock, 16 sows and 160 piglets were saved and five houses were salvaged.
Fire at Melmount Road Strabane farm now over. 16 sows & 160 piglets saved, while 33 sows & 434 piglets perished. Cause under investigation.— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) August 13, 2015
Local radio DJ Jimmy Stafford tweeted images from the scene.
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