Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 pigs have died, and one male has been injured after a fire broke out on a farm in Co. Down yesterday (Monday, September 7th).
At 8.54pm, firefighters were called to a fire involving a large farm shed on the Carrigenagh Road in Kilkeel.
In a statement, a spokesperson for A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said: “4 Fire Appliances attended the incident- 2 from Kilkeel Fire Station, 1 from Newcastle Fire Station, 1 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, the spokesperson concluded.