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Firefighters save 58,000 chickens


On the morning of Saturday 3rd September Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a chicken shed in Badgeworth.

The fire service received a call from a local farmer shortly before 8.30am to report that the roof of his chicken shed was well alight at his farm near Cheltenham.

More than 58,000 chickens were inside.

With seven fire engines coming from Cheltenham, Stroud, Newent and Gloucester  the firefighters were able to tackle the roof fire straight away using an aerial ladder, two water carriers, three jets, a hose reel and two breathing apparatus.

Although 30 per cent of the roof was severely damaged by fire, the firefighters were able to save the lives of all 58,000 chickens by using extractor fans to keep the smoke at a higher level close to the roof.

The chicken shed was a single story building, which measured 90ft by 320ft.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, "This was a great rescue operation by our firefighters. Their quick action and expertise meant that more than 58,000 chickens were saved at this local farm in Badgeworth."

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said, "Due to the quick thinking and intuition of our firefighters we were able to rapidly extinguish the fire and minimise the damage caused, which successfully ensured the safety of 58,000 chickens. The welfare of the livestock and the business continuity were a key priority and we are pleased with the successful outcome."

The fire service remained on scene until 3.15pm that afternoon to carry out salvage work.

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