Horror as 50,000 chickens die when huge blaze tears through barns in east ...

Horror as 50,000 chickens die when huge blaze tears through barns in east ...
Horror as 50,000 chickens die when huge blaze tears through barns in east ...

Tens of thousands of hens have been killed after a huge blaze broke out in two large poultry houses, fire rescue services have confirmed.

The massive fire broke out in a chicken shed before spreading to a second building in Driffield, East Yorkshire, on Friday evening and killed around 50,000 hens in total.

The blaze was caused by 'accidental ignition' and 'destroyed' two poultry houses, which housed around 25,000 hens each, according to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Shocking drone footage shared to Twitter showed clouds of smoke billowing out of the two poultry houses while firefighters continued to work to control the blaze.

The massive fire (pictured) broke out in a chicken shed before spreading to a second building in Driffield, East Yorkshire, on Friday evening and killed around 50,000 hens in total

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The massive fire (pictured) broke out in a chicken shed before spreading to a second building in Driffield, East Yorkshire, on Friday evening and killed around 50,000 hens in total

The fire service was alerted to the incident at 6.07pm on Friday, and the blaze had finally been put out by Saturday afternoon after 45 firefighters were on the scene.

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder were at the scene to help bring the blaze under control, while jets were also used once the fire had spread to the second building. 

The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to monitor the situation. 

Driffield resident Barry Hughes told HullLive that he could see the plumes of smoke from the other side of the town on Friday evening.

'Me and my partner noticed black smoke in the distance from our house off York Road, the other side of Driffield,' he said. '

The smoke appeared to be in the direction we were travelling, so we drove as close as we could onto Skerne Road, we realised it was a chicken farm.

The blaze was caused by 'accidental ignition' and 'destroyed' two poultry houses, which contained around 25,000 hens each, according to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

The blaze was caused by 'accidental ignition' and 'destroyed' two poultry houses, which contained around 25,000 hens each, according to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Shocking drone footage (above) shared to Twitter showed clouds of smoke billowing out of the two poultry houses while firefighters continued to work to control the blaze

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Shocking drone footage (above) shared to Twitter showed clouds of smoke billowing out of the two poultry houses while firefighters continued to work to control the blaze

'From our view, we could not see any high flames, but thick bellowing smoke. Police had closed Skerne Road at the junction of Elm Road.

'The smoke was coming very

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