Six thousand chickens killed in fire

A chicken shed in Devon has burnt down, killing 6,000 chickens inside.

The chicken barn, on a farm in Perkins Village near Exeter, was totally destroyed by the fire on 23 March. Fire crews were unable to stop the shed burning down, but did manage to move cattle and other livestock to safety.

The cause of the fire has been reported as accidental.

Paul Slaven, PR officer at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It was a very rapidly developing fire and the chicken house was fully engulfed in flames when the fire service arrived.

“The crew were able to protect other farm machinery, a silo, and evacuated young calves to safety. We definitely believe it wasn’t started deliberately and the farmer is very upset at the loss.”

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