UK turkey farm goes up in smoke following ‘explosion’

A major fire broke out at a UK turkey farm yesterday afternoon, with six fire engines reportedly called to the scene following reports of an explosion.

The inferno emerged at Capestone Poultry Farm, an organic farm close to Walwyn’s Castle, Haverfordwest, near Pembrokeshire, Wales, according to local publication the Western Telegraph.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, although a spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue said the fire involved chemicals, oil and acetylene, the Western Telegraph reports.

A total of 38 firefighters attended the scene of the fire, along with three officers. Thankfully, there have been no reports of any person or animal being killed or injured in the fire.

A local witness purportedly described the explosion, telling the Western Telegraph: “It was a huge thud. An awful sound. There is a valley with a lake between us, but it sounded like such a big bang.

“There was thick, thick black smoke almost immediately; it was frightening, because you just think what if someone is there or hurt?”

Poultry farm cannabis bust

This is not the first UK poultry farm to come to light in controversial circumstances in recent days. A week ago (Tuesday, December 5), a police raid uncovered “one of the biggest ever cannabis factories” on an English chicken farm.

More than 3,100 plants – believed to be worth approximately £1.5 million – were discovered in poultry barns at the farm, named the Three Angels Farm, located in Staffordshire, England.

Six men were arrested as part of a major police operation targeting the farm.

With the potential to grow three to four crops per year, it has been claimed that the farm could have earned £5 million every year.

Inspector Richard Meaden, South Staffordshire local policing commander, said: “This is the largest and most sophisticated cannabis factory I’ve ever experienced and I am delighted we have been able to take such a large number of drugs off the streets.”