Riston Road: 400 pigs die in Catwick barn fire due to possible electrical fault

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About 400 pigs have died following a barn fire in East Yorkshire, it has been reported.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said the fire broke out at a farm in Riston Road, Catwick shortly after 1pm on Sunday (July 8).

The statement read: “Fire involving large agricultural barn containing approximately 400 pigs. Barn completely destroyed by fire. Smoke damage to neighbouring barn. All pigs within barn fatally injured.”

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According to the BBC, it was “very likely” that an electrical fault had led to “accidental ignition.”

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Five fire engines and their crews spent five hours battling the blaze. The firefighters used a breathing apparatus, two main lines, a hose reel, a thermal imaging camera, and a drone in their operation.

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