A second chicken farm blaze in four years in the small town of Villanueva de la Jara
A Guardia Civil investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire which broke out on Monday afternoon at a chicken farm in Villanueva de la Jara, in the central Spanish province of Cuenca, killing 40,000 birds before the fire brigade were able to extinguish the flames.
Fortunately, there were no human casualties, but the captive birds had no chance of escape as the flames engulfed the premises and firefighters were forced to accept that the building was lost, concentrating instead on ensuring that the conflagration did not spread to neighbouring buildings.
This is the second time in four years that a blaze of this kind has affected a chicken farm in the small town of Villanueva de la Jara (population approximately 2,300): in 2017 a fire broke out at a chicken breeding centre.
In the same year another 20,000 chickens were roasted in the municipality of Lorca in the west of the Region of Murcia, when they were engulfed by flames at industrial premises in the rural village of Zarzadilla de Totana. On that occasion the losses to the owner were estimated at approximately 300,000 euros.
Image: Provincial fire brigade of Cuenca
Source: Murcia Today