Hundreds of animals die in pig farm blaze

A total of 420 piglets were killed in the farm fire
A total of 420 piglets were killed in the farm fire

A fire at a pig farm in the Strabane area has cost the lives of hundreds of animals.

It broke out at the premises on the Melmount Road some time before 5.40am.

Roughly six fire engines, containing about 35 firefighters, were summoned to the scene.

The firefighters were able to save 16 sows and 160 piglets, and prevented the fire from spreading from two buildings to another five buildings.

However, 33 sows and 420 piglets died.

The incident is ongoing.