A barn and another farm building with about 500 pigs burned down to the ground at Tretten in Øyer in Gudbrandsdalen on Wednesday night.
The police were notified of the barn fire in Musdalsvegen southwest of Tretten at 21.06 on Wednesday night.
The fire started in the barn, which quickly ignited, and then spread to another operating building.
– Both structures are lost. About 300 pigs have burned inside, and about 200 pigs were rescued, the police say.
Several of the animals were killed on the spot, and several have been transported away for emergency slaughter.
– “A veterinarian assesses the condition of the pigs, and it is very likely that several of the animals unfortunately have to be euthanized,” says operations manager Bård Einar Hoft in the Innlandet police district to NTB.
He says that neighbors and others quickly came to the place and helped to get the animals out when the barn was on fire. They also helped move equipment away and facilitate fire services, and both the police and the fire service are receiving full of praise for their efforts.
– “We are a large agricultural district, but fortunately it is rare that we have such large fires,” says Hoft.
No people were injured in the fire, and several of those who helped rescue the pigs were supervised by health personnel on site, reports NRK.
For a long time there was a danger that the fire could spread to other buildings on the farm, but a house and two other buildings escaped the flames.
The fire brigade is on duty throughout the night and morning so that the fire does not flare up again.
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