A large poultry farm on the outskirts of Exeter is starting the long haul back after a terrible blaze killed nearly 7,000 chickens
The free range laying hens were killed when a fire destroyed the Rosamondford Farm shed at Perkins Village, near Exeter, on Sunday. .
Farmer Steve Slade said: “Realistically it will take 12 months to clear the site and get the business back up and running.
“The important thing is that no-one was hurt,”
Fire appliances from Middlemoor, Sidmouth, Topsham, Danes Castle, Exmouth and Ottery St Mary, a water foam carrier from Exeter and incident command unit from Honiton fought the fire
As well as battling the blaze crews were able to help move cattle and other livestock to safety.
Crew commander Greg Webb from Middlemoor Fire Station’s white watch said: “We managed to get about 200 to 300 chickens out but sadly the rest perished.
The farm, which has been in Mr Slade's family for more than 60 years, also produces more than 4,000 turkeys a year.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they believed the cause of the fire was accidental.