Farmer loses 25 goats to pen fire

Total loss: Police checking the goat pen in Permatang Kerai Kecil after the fire.

BUTTERWORTH: Hoping to turn goat manure into fertiliser, a farmer has now lost 25 of his animals after the pen was razed in a fire at Permatang Kerai Kecil in Kepala Batas here.

It is understood that the 64-year-old farmer had been burning goat manure at his pen on Saturday morning but was not aware that the pile was still burning later that night.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the police received a call from the owner’s neighbour to alert them about the incident at 9.51am yesterday.

“Police arrived to find that the fire had been put out, ” he said.

The victim has been running the farm since 2016, and admitted that he did not make a report about the incident as he did not suspect any foul play.

“He said he was burning a huge pile of goat manure on Saturday morning to turn it into fertiliser. By evening, he saw the burning had been reduced to smoke.

“Later that night, he saw a fire break out at the pen, from his house. But he could not do anything as the fire had spread rapidly, ” said ACP Noorzainy.

Kepala Batas Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Muhammad Shuhaimi Che Me said the blaze destroyed about 90% of the pen.

“We received a call at 10.18pm on Saturday and managed to put out the fire under an hour. The operation ended at 11.04pm, ” he said.

The farmer suffered an estimated loss of RM40,000 after all his 25 goats perished in the blaze.

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