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50 cows dead after fires at Swiss farms

Staff 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.
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Cattle   Just two weeks after a series of seven fires
The weekend’s events come just two weeks after a series of seven fires in the same region killed 24 horses.

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.


 

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