Hundreds of turkeys rescued from fire on farm near Petersfield

Daily Echo: 250 turkeys saved from fire at Hampshire farm 250 turkeys saved from fire at Hampshire farm

Over 200 turkeys have been saved from an early Christmas roasting after firefighters rescued them from a blaze on a Hampshire farm.

The birds were helped to safety as firefighters battled the fire this morning at a workshop at a farm in Colemore, near Petersfield.

Around 250 of the birds were moved from the shed after fire spread to the structure from the workshop ablaze next door.

Fire crews were initially called to deal with the fire in the workshop on the farm at 6.58am. They worked quickly to contain the flames and restrict the spread to the surrounding buildings.

The 25m x 25m timber workshop was completely destroyed by the fire, while the turkey shed suffered only slight damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Group Manager Brian Rudman said: "The fire appears to have started in the workshop, which was flanked by other buildings.

"Our crews did extremely well in stopping the fire spreading to the other buildings.

"Our animal rescue specialist and firefighters helped assist the farm hands in herding the turkeys to a safe building and all the birds survived."

Crews from Alton, Petersfield, Alresford, Bordon, Basingstoke and Eastleigh extinguished the blaze using 12 sets of breathing apparatus, two main jets, two compressed foam jets and one hose reel. The fire was out by 10:12.

A farm vehicle was also completely destroyed by the fire.

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3:17pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Might SS says...

Could have arrived in the shops ready cooked !!!
Could have arrived in the shops ready cooked !!! Might SS
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3:37pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Brite Spark says...

A stay of execution I fancy.
A stay of execution I fancy. Brite Spark
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3:49pm Wed 19 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

Oh the irony. Out of the fire and into the oven.
Oh the irony. Out of the fire and into the oven. hulla baloo
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4:05pm Wed 19 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

A few days grace and then they'll be gobbled up!
A few days grace and then they'll be gobbled up! bazzeroz
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1:51am Thu 20 Dec 12

Mary80 says...

Turkeys turning to arson to escape being put on our xmas tables
Turkeys turning to arson to escape being put on our xmas tables Mary80
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