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Farm fire kills 16,000 chickens.

firefighters tackle a blaze

A FIRE on a poultry farm at Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, has resulted in the death of 16,000 chickens.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) was called to the farm, on Marble Arch Road, Belcoo, at 7.26 am.

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A spokesperson said: “A water tanker and appliances from Belleek, Enniskillen and Irvinestown stations attended the scene.

“Firefighters using Breathing Apparatus and Water Jets worked in difficult conditions to bring the large shed fire under control by 3.50 am.

“Unfortunately, 16,000 chickens were killed in the incident. Investigation into the cause is ongoing.”