Almost 400 pigs killed in huge Yorkshire barn fire

Almost 400 pigs have been killed following a devastating fire which broke out at a farm in East Yorkshire.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service were called shortly after 1pm on Sunday afternoon following a blaze that broke out at a barn on Riston Road in Catwick.

Tragically, all of the animals that were inside were killed and the building was completely destroyed. It is believed the cause of the fire was an electrical fault.

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Breathing apparatus, two main lines, a hose reel, a thermal imaging camera and a drone were used as fire fighters undertake a five-hour long operation to put out the fire - and prevent it spreading to any neighbouring barns.

A spokesperson for Humberside Fire and Rescue said: "We received a call after 1pm on Sunday, July 7, to a farm in the Catwick area. We sent a total of five fire engines and were on the scene for almost five hours.

"Crews arrived to a large barn fire that sadly resulted in all pigs within the barn being fatally injured. Fire Investigation is still ongoing but at this stage it’s looking very likely as accidental ignition due to an electrical fault. Thankfully the quick work of our firefighters with the farmer meant the fire did not spread to a second barn."