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Hundreds of piglets and dozens of sows killed in major blaze

Northern IrelandBy Shuki Byrne
Approximately 400 piglets and thirty sows perished in the early morning blaze
Approximately 400 piglets and thirty sows perished in the early morning blaze

Hundreds of piglets and dozens of sows have been killed in a major fire in County Tyrone.

Approximately 400 piglets and thirty sows perished in the early morning blaze at a pig farm near Strabane.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire on the Melmount Road at 5.40am this morning. Six fire engines and dozens of firefighters are at the scene battling the blaze. 

Several of the animals were saved but the vast majority of them died. Two farm buildings have also been destroyed.

Max Joyce, a group commander with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC: "We had six appliances at the scene.

"When we arrived we found two of the houses with pigs inside alight. We managed to save five of the houses.

"This is a very serious incident but crews reacted quickly. There is no idea of the cause at this stage.

"It's unfortunate and you really feel for the farmer this morning.

"It's likely we will be there for another few hours."