Tuesday , January 26 2021

Child fire kills 1,300 pigs in eastern Ontario

A massive fire consumed a pig farm in Quinte West, Ont., Tuesday and killed at least 1,300 animals.

Society Fire Chief John Whelan said they got the call around at. and urged resources from neighboring communities to help fight the flames. Quinte West is approx. 100 km west of Kingston, Ont.

Whelan said the firemen did their best when they arrived to get the animals out.

"We did what we could, I had crews in there to try to get sows and piglets out," he said.

Fireman Taylor Wardaugh rescues a pig. (Posted by John Whelan)

Whelan said that about 100 animals were rescued from the flames, but the structure became uncertain and he had to get firefighters out of damage and could not save more animals.

"It was difficult to handle, we heard many of the animals scream and cry," he said. "It's very tragic because many of us are animal lovers."

He said there were 1,400 to 1,500 animals in the building. The fire seems to be random, with an electrical short circuit. Ontario Fire Marshal was called to investigate due to the extent of the fire. The damage is estimated at over $ 1 million, Whelan said.

He said nobody had been hurt, and he credited his firefighters for the rescues they did, and to prevent the fire spreading to nearby buildings.

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