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Up to 2,000 pigs killed in fire

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Up to 2,000 pigs have been killed in a fire in Kilkeel, County Down

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:

At 8.54pm on Monday 7 September 2020 Firefighters were called to a fire involving a large farm shed on the Carrigenagh Road in Kilkeel.

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.

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