15 May 2000
750 pigs die in inferno

MORE than 750 pigs burned to death when a blaze swept through a farm building in North Yorkshire, reports the Press Association news agency.

Firefighters rescued about a dozen pigs from the inferno at Hope Town House Farm in Burneston, but their injuries were so severe that a local vet later had to put them down.

It is believed that the fire, which destroyed the building, was caused by an electrical fault.