50 cows dead after fires at Swiss farmsStaff Writer | July 31, 2017
Two fires broke out at separate farms in the Payerne/Avenches area on the Vaud/Fribourg border early on Saturday morning, leaving around fifty cows dead.
Cattle Just two weeks after a series of seven fires
The emergency services were called to a farm in Payerne at around 1.10am on Saturday morning, Vaud police said in a statement.
Eleven cows were saved, but around a dozen died, plus several calves. Their owners were successfully evacuated and no person was injured.
Less than an hour later a police patrol spotted another fire on an isolated farm building between Domdidier and Dompierre, Fribourg police said.
Police and the fire service attended the scene, and were able to free a number of cows from the barn. However a number suffered serious burns and had to be put down.
A police spokesman told news agency ATS that of the 108 cows at the farm, 36 died. ■