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Around 500 animals dead in Bavarian farm fire

The Local · 4 Oct 2011, 06:54

Published: 04 Oct 2011 06:54 GMT+02:00

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At least 400 pigs and up to 80 cows were killed in the flames at the farm in Gadheim, near the state border with Thuringia.

Fire fighters managed to drive around 50 animals away from the fire and into fields, although some were so badly injured that they had to be put down.

An investigation has been launched to determine how the fire started.

About 200 fire fighters were needed to bring the flames under control, which caused millions of euros in property damage.

Lots of agricultural equipment was completely destroyed, including a combine harvester and a brand new tractor. A solar power system on the roof of one building also went up in flames.

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09:30 October 4, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
And my calendar says it is World Animal Protection Day today :-(
13:40 October 4, 2011 by hanskarl
Most likely spontaneous combustion in the hay. This is always a major concern on farms. I don't think it was an attempt at a world record on making Spanferkel.
19:50 October 4, 2011 by Englishted
If a solar power system can cause such a problem should the greens not call for them to be banned.
22:37 October 4, 2011 by mikel taylor
bring the BBQ sauce and feed the hungry, you got your Texas style (Beef) Kansas City style (pork) and there had to be a few chickens , Tennessee style.

No sence in wasting good Q, just bring the beer,,

feel sorry for the animals and the farmer, only an insensitive moron would make fun of such a terrible situation Oh wait that's me, never mind, eat more vegetables
13:42 October 5, 2011 by Sastry.M
Biological processes due to bacteria in semi wet hay stacks, may cause heat and rise in temperature to a kindling point of fire and catch up an accelerated spread of hazard.
21:53 October 5, 2011 by Whipmanager
I am amazed no one commented on the obvious slant of poor animals. THey story title talks about the loss of the number of animals, not really about the loss of the farmer. It seems someone who wrote this felt so bad for the animals, he only casually mentions the loss of equipment and you have to get to the very bottom of the story to see that.

What happened to human interest stories? Showing how the tragic fire will cause yet another major loss to a local economy that is already suffering? How about talking about what the Farmer will do now, and how long to rebuild? No talk of any human injuries either, were there any? Lets all bow down and cry for the loss of 800 animals. For -truly, that is really the message here. Forget about man's loss, as we are the interlopers here and the poor animals are the slaves, doing evil's work....

Whoa, I guess I went on a rage there but hell, why no info on the poor farmer?
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