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58,000 chickens saved from fire near Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service saved more than 58,000 chickens from a shed fire in Badgeworth.


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The fire service received a call shortly before 8:30am on Saturday (September 3) to reports of a chicken shed roof on fire near Cheltenham.

 

Firefighters from Cheltenham, Stroud, Newent and Gloucester were able to tackle to roof fire, saving the lives of all 58,000 chickens inside.

 

About 30 per cent of the roof was damaged by the fire on the single storey building measuring 90ft by 320ft.

 

Quick thinking

 

Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “This was a great rescue operation by our firefighters. Their quick action and expertise meant that more than 58,000 chickens were saved at this local farm in Badgeworth.”

 

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said, "Due to the quick thinking and intuition of our firefighters we were able to rapidly extinguish the fire and minimise the damage caused, which successfully ensured the safety of 58,000 chickens.

 

"The welfare of the livestock and the business continuity were a key priority and we are pleased with the successful outcome."

 

The fire service remained on scene until 3.15pm that afternoon to carry out salvage work.

 


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