Fire at shed with 16,000 chickens near Oswestry

Image caption Water from a nearby pond was used to tackle the fire

More than 40 firefighters have tackled a large blaze at a poultry shed containing 16,000 chickens.

The fire, in the building the size of a football pitch, started at about 08:00 GMT in Middleton near Oswestry, Shropshire.

The majority of the birds were saved and the fire was extinguished within two hours, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

It is believed a conveyer belt in the roof caught fire.

BBC Radio Shropshire reporter Sam Fleet said: "The roof has sagged. It looks like it's melted from the heat from the fire below.

"Fire officers used a large crane to assess the roof damage."

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