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40 piglets saved as farm fires continue to blaze

Farm fires show no sign of slowing down as more incidents have hit farmers throughout the country this weekend.


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A fire in Sunk Island, Yorkshire ripped through a piggery unit containing 40 piglets.

 

Luckily, all 40 piglets were saved in the incident which involved the plastic flooring of the unit.

 

Barn fire

 

Meanwhile in Othery, Somerset, a barn containing 100 tonnes of hay set alight late on Sunday evening (September 25).

 

Firefighters were called at 8:49pm and worked through the night to prevent the fire spreading further.

 

A spokesman from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two fire engines from Bridgwater were mobilised to reports of a fire involving a lean to and hay at a farm on North Lane in Othery.

 

Burning

 

"On arrival crews confirmed that an open sided barn was well alight. Four further fire engines were mobilised from Bridgwater, Street, Somerton and Taunton along with the water carrier and incident command unit."

 

At 10:12pm, crews reported the roof had started to collapse and that the fire was burning well.

 

Crews were still maintaining a watching brief, and cooling of the barns were still in place at 6:25am the following morning (Monday September 26).

 

Bales alight

 

300 bales of hay were on fire in Buttington, Mid Wales on Saturday (September 24), causing the main road through the village to be closed for much of the day.

 

Last week, NFU mutual reported farm fire claims cost the industry £47.9 million in 2015, with electrical faults sited as the main cause.

 


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