Leeds & West Yorkshire

Halifax barn blaze destroys 25 animals

A large fire has ripped through a barn in Halifax, killing 25 farm animals.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said five fire engines were called to the blaze at Moor End Road, in Mount Tabor, earlier at about 10:15 BST.

The service said animals of "varying types" were in the barn, which also contained hay and a number of compressed gas cylinders.

The fire service said it believed the fire was an accident, but an investigation would begin later.

The blaze was brought under control by crew members comprising of "non-striking fully qualified officers and Community Response Operatives (CROs)", the fire service said.

Firefighters are among thousands of public sector workers across the UK who are taking strike action in a series of disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts.

A spokesperson said: "It took nine minutes for crews to attend the incident, which is normal attendance time for a rural location."

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