Approximately 6,000 chickens were killed in a Co Tyrone shed fire on Sunday night 13 September, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has confirmed.

Firefgihters were called to the blaze on the Crosscavanagh Road in Dungannon at 10.37pm.

Accidental ignition

A spokesperson for the NIFRS said: “Firefighters worked hard in challenging conditions to prevent the fire spreading and used three jets to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental ignition.”

Eight appliances from surrounding fire stations, including an aerial appliance, a water tanker and a command support unit, attended the incident.

The incident was dealt with by 2.33am on Monday 14 September.

Pigs killed

Two-thousand pigs perished in a fire on a pig farm in Kilkeel, Co Down, on 7 September.

Farm owner Trevor Shields told the Irish Farmers Journal: “The house went up in a flash. Within minutes, the flames had overcome the building. Luckily, my son only lives a couple of minutes up the road and was able to raise the alarm.”

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