Leeds & West Yorkshire

Fire at Temple Newsam Home Farm kills 34 animals and birds

A total of 34 animals and birds have died following a fire at a farm in West Yorkshire.

The fire service was called at about 05:00 GMT on Wednesday as a fire was found at Temple Newsam's Home Farm.

West Yorkshire Fire Service moved some creatures to safety but 2 sows, 16 piglets, 14 rabbits and 2 chicks died.

A spokesman from Leeds City Council said the farm would be closed until further notice as investigations into the cause of the fire took place.

According to the council, the fire which broke out in the central Cow Byre and Bothy building caused significant damage to historic machinery and equipment.

The building dating back to the 19th Century was of "great historical importance", the council said.

It added that a structural check would be needed before a decision could be taken about when the farm could reopen to visitors.

Earlier this year the farm suffered a suspected arson attack when 80 breed cattle had to be rescued by firefighters.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites