Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Fire crews called to blaze after 1,500 partridges perish

Firefighters were called to extinguish a blaze which killed more than 1,500 partridges at a farm in Aston Subedge.

Two crews from Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh attended the incident at just before 7am today after 10 propane cylinders caught fire in the middle of the partridge-rearing farm.

It is thought a cylinder, used to heat one of eight small sheds housing the young birds, may have overheated or come loose from its fittings and started the fire, which quickly spread to the other cylinders nearby.

The birds were being reared for sale and the farm had recently had around 5,000 new arrivals to its stock.

A total crew of 12 firefighters used two jet reels to put out the fire and stayed at the scene for two hours to ensure it was safe.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall, said: "This was an unfortunate but devastating fire, which has resulted in significant loss for this farm. We would urge commercial premises to be very careful when storing propane gas cylinders and regularly check fixtures and fittings to prevent the worst from happening."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Propane gas cylinders have to be handled very carefully, especially in a busy farm environment such as this one. This would appear to be a very unfortunate accident and my sympathy goes out to the farmer."

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Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226

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5th August 2013