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Chickens and rabbits saved from burning pen

Scores of chickens and rabbits were saved from their enclosures when a fire broke out on their hobby farm on the outskirts of Gänserndorf, Lower Austria, this morning (Thursday).

According to the local fire service the majority of the animals were saved, and only a handful succumbed in the fire.

The farm's owner noticed the fire and alarmed the fire service at 8.15 this morning.

When the fire service arrived a neighbouring building had also gone up in flames.

Sixty officers from five fire services attended the fire.

It was difficult to extinguish the fire as water had to be taken from a pond some 500 metres away from the blaze according to fire service spokesperson Franz Resperger.

After three hours the fire was extinguished.

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