ALMOST 16,000 chickens miraculously survived after a massive blaze that broke out in a shed that housed them.
There had been fears that birds housed in a shed the size of a football pitch had been lost when the fire broke out early on Tuesday morning last week.
But more than 40 firefighters from across the region raced to tackle the fire in the shed at a farm in Middleton, near Oswestry, and saved the majority of birds after spending five hours tackling the fire in two sections of the building.
The fire broke out on the conveyor belt in the middle of the building before spreading to the roof.
Neil Griffiths, station manager at Shrewsbury and incident commander, said the majority of chickens appeared to have survived.
He said: “From what I could see the chickens looked fine, a little bewildered, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“It looked a lot worse that it was in terms of our resources we had to put out in the initial stages. But it was a difficult building to get into because of the design for the chickens.
“Because it had spread to the roof we were faced with a situation that had the potential risk of the roof collapsing, so it was challenging.”
A full investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.