Pigs saved from fire on outskirts of Harlow

News / Wed 3rd Jul 2019 pm31 03:00pm

ESSEX Firefighters were called to a fire involving a large agricultural building on outskirts of Harlow this morning (Wendesday 3 July).

The building, on Watery Lane, near Matching Tye, which measured aproximately 50m x 25m, was completely on fire when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters worked quickly to set up a good water supply to protect a number of nearby outbuildings.

Around 100 pigs who lived in the barn were released from the building by the farm owners before the fire service arrived. Specialist animal trained crews were sent to the scene to help contain the pigs and a vet was also requested to look after the pigs welfare.

Firefighters tackled the building fire using a number of hoses and worked hard to protect a number of nearby outbuildings. The fire affected two other small outbuildings which were attached to the barn.

The barn also contained around 40 tonnes of straw which crews have surrounded and will allow to burn out under their control.

At 3pm, the incidetn was scaled down to just four engines. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the spile of straw which is burning under control.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. An investigation will be carried out.

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