Dozens of pigs killed in devastating farm blaze

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FORTY pigs were killed - and more are expected to be put to sleep after suffering burns - following a fierce blaze at a South Yorkshire farm, firefighters have revealed.

Crews were called to Wood Laithes Farm, Doncaster Road, Ardsley, Barnsley, after 1,600 bales of hay were found burning near a building housing 500 pigs.

Flames from the blaze spread to the roof of the building, and some of the livestock died and suffered burns. But the farmer, staff and neighbouring farm workers carried out an emergency evacuation to save other animals.

At the height of the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday, nine fire engines and 50 firefighters were at the scene - and yesterday there were still three appliances at the farm.

Crews used machinery to break up the burning bales of hay to get to the core of the blaze before they could begin to damp down and ensure the fire was out.

They still had water jets trained on neighbouring buildings for most of yesterday to keep them cool, to prevent them going up in flames.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but fire service investigators are due to visit the farm to carry out inquiries once the flames are out.