Police suspect arson as a thousand pigs burn

Some 1,200 pigs, the majority piglets, have died in a fire at a farm in Sjuntorp near Trollhättan in western Sweden in a suspected arson attack.

Two barns with sows and piglets burned down in Sjuntorp in Trollhättan municipality on Tuesday evening. A few hundred pigs were saved from the flames but according to reports around 1,200 died in the fire.

“We don’t know the exact number yet, but it is probably around 1,200,” said Jonas Gustafsson at the emergency services in Trollhättan to the local TTELA daily.

Emergency services from Trollhättan were joined by personnel from Sjuntorp and Lilla Edet in a bid to battle the fire, which was reported by a neighbour at around 10pm.

The fire-fighters managed to keep the fire from spreading to a residential building and two further barns. At around 2.30am the fire was declared to be under control.

Several hundred pigs were saved from the inferno with initial reports indicating that 240 sows and 640 piglets had survived the night.

Police have opened an investigation into arson or aggravated arson. The area was on Tuesday morning placed under guard and police technicians will conduct an inspection of the site during the day.

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