Brabant pigsty blaze leaves 1000 pigs dead

Last night, a large fire erupted in a pigsty in Lierop, North Brabant. The blaze ended the lives of around 1000 pigs inside. 

The fire brigade reported that none of the pigs housed there had survived, it is estimated that around 1,000 pigs were kept in the 2000 square meter barn, reports.

The fire brigade was notified around midnight, and by the time they reached the scene, the barn was nearly completely inflamed. As far as the brigade could tell, the pigs did not suffer.

There were around 6,000 pigs kept in the perimeter in total, across several barns. Thus, the brigade worked to preserve the fire and keep it from spreading.

From small to large

The fire spread rapidly. Consequently, six vehicles were used for water to extinguish the flames, which involved 20 vehicles in total. Around 4pm, the fire was put out, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the barn.

Investigations are still being conducted as to what started the fire in the first place.

More common than you might think

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first big barn fire. Last year 176,000 farm animals were killed in fires alone. Even more were found dead due to overheating when a broiler failed on a hot day.

What measures can be taken to prevent barn fires (which have become increasingly common) in the Netherlands? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Feature Image: Michael Strobel/Pixabay 

Vedika Luthra
Vedika Luthra
Vedika was born in India, raised in Poland and moved to the Netherlands to study. Like her nationality, she’s confused about what she likes most, which is why her bachelor’s degree was in liberal arts and sciences. She enjoys writing about all things food-related but likes to mix it up every now and then.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Unfortunate! Dutch Feyenoord loses against Roma in European final

Feyenoord and Roma’s conference league finals clash has ended with a loss for the Dutch team, with 0-1 on the scoreboard. ⚽️ In the first...

New Dutch train services to six major EU cities are launching tomorrow!

All aboard the night train! As of tomorrow, the Netherlands' largest tour operator TUI will offer night train travel options to six major European...

Dutch Quirk 42: Be overwhelmingly direct and never beat around the bush

While there are many aspects of Dutch culture that may inflict a bit of culture shock on the unknowing international, nothing gives us whiplash...

It's happening

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.