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Up to 2,000 pigs killed in Kilkeel hearth

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

The pigs have been inside a big shed at Carrigenagh Road when the hearth broke out at 20:54 BST on Monday, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) stated.

One man suffered minor accidents within the blaze.

Four hearth engines have been referred to as to the scene. The NIFRS stated the blaze was introduced underneath management by 23:50 BST.

The Fire Service stated the variety of animals killed was estimated at between 1,500 and a couple of,000.

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Assistant Group Commander Martin Healy stated they arrived to a properly developed blaze they usually “worked in difficult conditions to prevent the fire spreading to adjacent buildings”.

He stated it was “a very difficult scene to witness” and he was grateful they have been in a position to cease the hearth spreading to different sheds the place extra pigs have been housed.

Cmdr Healy stated one of many farm staff suffered slight burns to his toes and was handled on the scene earlier than being delivered to hospital.

He added his sympathies are with the proprietor of the farm who was “devastated” by the hearth.

The Fire Service stated the “cause of the fire is believed to be accidental ignition”.

Special animal rescue groups labored alongside hearth crews on the scene.

Four engines, from Kilkeel, Newcastle and Warrenpoint, attended the incident together with the Animal Rescue Team, a Command Support Unit and a water tanker.

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