Up to 2,000 pigs dead following farm fire in Down

Four fire appliances attended a farm fire in Kilkeel, Co Down shortly after 9pm yesterday where between 1,500 to 2,000 pigs were killed.

Firefighters were called to the scene in Carrigenagh Road and worked to prevent the flames from spreading from the pig shed to adjacent farm buildings.

One firefighter was taken to hospital after he suffered minor burns to his feet.

The fire, which is believed to have been accidental, was eventually brought under control at approximately 11:50pm.

According to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Group Commander ‘Martin Healy’, the fire was well developed by the time he and his colleagues arrived at the scene.

He stated “Actually we had to try to protect the other sheds as there’s a lot of other pigs housed in them and thankfully we were able to stop the fire spreading to those sheds”.

“But unfortunately we were unable to save between 1,500 and 2,000 pigs within the shed the main blaze was contained in”.

He stated on BBC Radio Ulster that the incident was “very difficult to witness”.