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Fire at pig farm in US started in office area

A fire, which broke out on Monday night on a farm in New Jersey killing nearly 1,000 pigs began in the office area, which was attached to one of the barns.

The fire on the Pig Farm Recycling Inc.'s plot in Burlington County was reported at 8pm Monday night and it took firefighters seven hours to extinguish it. Three barns with wooden frames, metal roofs and siding were burned down. "The barns would have been like inside an oven," Fire Marshal Bob Rose said.

Two of the barns contained pigs - 900 pigs weighing between 100 and 200 pounds were killed in one barn. In the second barn, 50-60 pound feeder pigs were killed or subsequently euthanised.

It is not clear yet what precisely caused the blaze. In the canteen situated in the office area, a coffee machine, hot plate and microwave were used by farm employees. As yet, "nobody has admitted leaving one of the three machines on," said Rose. The investigation continues.

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