Sow and piglets die in fire on farm
Sau und Ferkel verendeten bei Brand auf Bauernhof

Die Borkener Zeitung, Ramsdorf, Germany, July 2,1992

Over 100,000 marks damage by fire / Cause of fire still unknown

Ramsdorf (hhk). In debris and ash, a farm building fell yesterday on the [Anton] Nieland farm, Bleking 10. A rough estimate by the police and fire department sets the damage in excess of 100,000 marks. A sow died with its piglets in the flames in the adjacent stable. Other animals that could be rescued were removed by the Westfleisch transportation company.

Photo caption: The flames spread, racing quickly through farm buildings on the Nieland farm in Bleking. Click image to enlarge

High-value machines could also not be dragged out of the blaze. However, neighbors and fire fighters succeeded in puling the diesel tanks out of the flames.

According to a police spokesperson, the fire broke out in the lower part of the building. Hay was stored in the upper part of the stables.

The owner had noticed the fire around 2:30 p.m. and had alerted the fire-department.

The fire engines came from Velen and Ramsdorf. First to arrive was the Ramsdorf's large fire tanker. They were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the residential building.

Then both fire engines arrived at the scene fully equipped. Water was pumped 300 meters by a hose directly from a stream on the Nieland farm. Firefighter Hans Messling said, "The water supply worked out quite well."

Photo caption: Animals, which were driven from the stables, were brought to safety by aids. Click image to enlarge

The cause of fire is not yet clear, and has been referred to the criminal investigation department. It could possibly concern a technical defect in a blower. The scene of the fire was seized. An expert will possibly still be consulted. The investigations are continuing today.

The fire department was on the scene until late in the evening.

This farm once belonged to Anton and Bernadine Deelmann Nieland.
It now belongs to their descendants. This photo, taken in the 1960s,
was provided by Verena Nieland.
Click image to enlarge



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