Firefighters rescued thirteen cattle from a livestock lorry, which caught fire, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, March 30th, 2022).
The incident occurred shortly after midday on Irvinestown Road in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
According to a spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services, two fire appliances attended the incident: one from Enniskillen and one from Irvinestown.
The NIFRS spokesperson told That’s Farming:
“Firefighters were called to a fire on a lorry carrying 13 cattle.”
“The cattle were removed from the trailer. Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, used three jets to extinguish the fire.”
“There were no injuries to the driver or the cattle. The incident was dealt with by 1.05 pm. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental ignition,” the spokesperson concluded.
Man dies in a fatal house fire
Meanwhile, earlier this month, we reported that a fatal house fire in Screggan, County Offaly, claimed a man’s (60s) life.
The blaze, which local fire services attended the scene of, occurred on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022).
Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Tullamore Gardaí are investigating a fatal fire which occurred at a house in Screggan, Co. Offaly this morning, Tuesday, March 15th, 2022).”
“A man, aged in his early 60s, has been pronounced deceased. His body remains at the scene, and the state pathologist has been notified.”
“Local fire services extinguished the fire. The Garda Technical Bureau will conduct an examination of the scene,” the spokesperson said.
Farmer fined over €10k after worker becomes entangled in harvester
Meanwhile, a farmer has appeared in court after a worker became entangled in a potato harvester.
Alan Down, with an address at Main Road, Sellindge, Ashford, Kent, came before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in recent days.
In August 2020, the worker was unblocking the potato harvester when he stepped down onto the rollers.
The worker was pulled leg first into the machine and became stuck up to his knee.
This resulted in burns to the leg, a pulled hamstring, a torn calf and broken nerves. He also sustained hairline fractures to the knee and ankle.
A HSE-led investigation that the farmer had failed to implement a ‘safe stop procedure’ to isolate power and stop rollers moving before the worker accessed them.