Devon

Six-thousand farm birds killed in farm shed fire

  • 23 March 2014
  • From the section Devon
Rosamondford Farm shed after fire
The cause of the shed blaze was believed to be accidental, fire crews said

More than 6,000 farm birds have been killed in a shed fire in Devon.

Fire crews from eight towns and Exeter were called to structure at Rosamondford Farm at Perkins Village, near Exeter, at about 10:35 GMT.

The 50m x 20m (165ft by 65ft) shed was destroyed. Six gas cylinders had to be removed from the scene. Cattle were moved to safety.

The cause of the fire was accidental, a Devon and Somerset Fire Service spokesman said.

The farm has been in the Slade family for more than 60 years.

On its website, the farm said it produced more than 4,500 turkeys a year and also had 1,200 free-range hens producing eggs.

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