Essex

Felsted poultry farm fire kills livestock

It is not yet known how many animals may have died. Image copyright Stuart Woodward
Image caption It is not yet known how many animals may have died in the fire at Sparlings Farm

A fire which killed 13,000 chickens in a farm outbuilding is thought to have been started deliberately, police have said.

The 131ft (40m) by 32ft (10m) building in Braintree Road, Felsted, Essex, collapsed after the blaze.

The fire service, which went to Sparlings Farm just after midnight on Thursday, said all of the animals inside had "perished".

It is not yet known how many animals may have died.

Image copyright Stuart Woodward
Image caption Essex Police is treating the fire at the poultry farm as arson

Det Insp Alan Stevens said: "There is nothing that would lead us to believe that it was a natural fire and some of the tenants on the farm here say they heard some vehicles just before midnight and then heard an explosion.

"This leads me to suspect it was suspicious."

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