2,000 pigs die in barn fire north of London

Thousands of pigs are dead after fire gutted a barn north of London early Tuesday morning, according to the OPP.
A barn fire has killed 2,000 pigs in Middlesex County, southeast of London, Ont. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Another barn fire in Southern Ontario has resulted in yet another large loss of livestock.

Provincial police say 2,000 pigs have died in a fire that broke out around 3 a.m. Tuesday on a property north of London, in the 800 block of Parkhill Drive in Middlesex County.

The barn was destroyed by the flames, according to the OPP.  

Fire authorities have not said what caused the fire, but investigators with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office have been notified, according to provincial police. 

Sixth fatal barn fire this month

This latest fire at a pig farm southeast of London is the sixth fire this month that has resulted in animal deaths. 

On January 4, flames erupted at a horse barn at Classy Lanes Stables in Puslich, killing 43 animals.

Eight days later on January 12, a fire destroyed a barn full of chickens near Listowel. 

Two days later, on January 14, a dozen horses died in a barn fire northwest of Guelph in Mount Forest. 

The next day a  barn fire near Appin in South Middlesex county, near London, killed hundreds of pigs. 

A another fire broke out west of London on January 17 at a farm in Delaware, where the flames killed 500 milking goats and 30 cattle. 


  • An earlier version of this story stated that the barn fire was located southeast of London, Ontario. In fact, the 800 block of Parkhill Drive is located north of London.
    Jan 19, 2016 9:34 PM ET