In a bizarre incident, a fire broke out in a farm in UK after a pig swallowed a pedometer and pooped it out. The fire spread over a farm covering 75 square metres at four pigpens in Bramham, near Leeds on the afternoon of March 7. The pedometer was used to prove the animal was free-range. The fire was big enough for fire crews from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to be called in, in order to extinguish it.
The unfortunate event took place when one of the pedometers which was being carried around by one of the pigs, was unknowingly consumed by another innocent, hungry pig. On excreting, the pig's excreta containing the damaged copper from the batteries of the pedometer reacted with the contents in the pigpen and that was it - a combustion in the farm.
13:37 Should be an oink not a tweet. Tadcaster and Knaresbororough firecrews attended a fire to 4 pigpens near Bramham. No pigs harmed. Cause of fire attributed to a battery powered pedometer carried by one of the pigs (to prove it was free-range), which was eaten by the other1/2— North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (@NorthYorksFire) March 7, 2020
2/2 ...pigs. After nature had taken its course, it's believed that the copper from the batteries reacted with the pigpens contents and in conjunction with dry bedding, ignited burning approx. 75sqm of hay. A hosereel was used to extinguish the fire and save the bacon.— North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (@NorthYorksFire) March 7, 2020
The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service joked that they had visited the farm to save the bacon from getting burnt as they were able to handle the situation by preventing any animal or people from getting hurt in the fire.
The incident was so peculiar that it took social media by storm and people took to Twitter to react to the odd yet hilarious episode.
@NorthYorksFire knows how to bring the bacon home, well done lads!— Roger O'Callaghan (@RogerOCallagha1) March 8, 2020
I love this oinking tweet so much pic.twitter.com/ovt8vqtrub— L'ill Chickpea (@Flaminhaystack) March 7, 2020
OK. Thus proves that there is a god, and he is laughing at us...— Michael Hallden (@DrGitpaws) March 9, 2020