28/04/2014

Pigs Killed In Suspected Arson Attack

More than 4,000 pigs have died in a suspected arson attack at a farm in Newry.

The blaze broke out at a farm outbuilding on Derrywilligan Road, Mullaghglass, on Saturday at around 5.40am.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said more than six fire appliances were dispatched to the scene, and it took fire-fighters more than seven hours to bring the fire under control.

Three sheds were destroyed in the incident, with 800 sows and 3,500 piglets perishing.

It is thought the blaze was started deliberately.

(JP)

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