Barn fire kills 2,000 pigs in Dutch village

Some 2,000 pigs killed in a barn fire on Zwalustraat in Mill, Noord-Brabant, 15 Feb 2017
Some 2,000 pigs killed in a barn fire on Zwalustraat in Mill, Noord-Brabant, 15 Feb 2017. Photo: @linders1968 / Twitter

About 2 thousand piglets and sows were killed in a fire on a pig farm just outside the Noord-Brabant village of Mill on Wednesday night. Two barns containing the 2 thousand pigs were completely destroyed in the fire, Omroep Brabant reports.

Another barn could be rescued by the fire brigade. The pigs inside were evacuated and taken to a fourth barn. According to the Gelderlander, the farm owned a total of 600 sows and 2,200 pigs. 

The fire was under control around midnight. Multiple fire brigades responded to deal with the fire. The cause of the fire is unclear. 

A small amount of asbestos was released. But according to a spokesperson for the fire department, not enough was released to be harmful to public health. 

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