Barn fire outside of London, Ont., leaves 2,000 pigs dead

A barn fire in southwestern Ontario has left at least 2,000 pigs dead.

The early-morning fire broke out at a barn in the town of Parkhill, located about 50 kilometres northwest of London, Ont.

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at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

OPP said the Middlesex County Fire Investigator is probing the cause of the fire and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal has been contacted.

The latest incident follows a string of fires at farms throughout the province and prompted local officials in Middlesex County to urge farm owners to check their properties for fire hazards.

With the recent increase in barn fires, Middlesex Centre is urging rural residents to check their barns for fire safety hazards

— Middlesex Centre (@MiddlesexCentre) January 19, 2016

About 500 goats and 30 cattle died after a fire broke out at farm outside of London, Ont. over the weekend.

On Friday, 12 horses died in a barn fire outside of Mount Forest, Ont., and a massive fire near Puslinch, Ont. claimed the lives of 43 race horses earlier this month.



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