Artificial Insemination Facility Has Mass Semen Explosion After Fire Erupts

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Thousands of dollars worth of bull semen has gone up in flames after a fire erupted at an artificial insemination facility in Australia.

The Country Fire Authority called to the scene in Gippsland, Victoria at around 3am local time, on Tuesday, September 17. By the time firefighters arrived at Yarram Herd Services, the 250-square-metre building was completely engulfed.

It took 10 fire crews over two hours to get the fire under control, with a total of 36 firefighters working to contain the flames. At the time of writing, it is unclear exactly how the blaze began.

A fire has gutted the Yarram Herd Services building overnight, destroying around 100 cryogenic cylinders used to store cattle semen. Neighbours were woken by large explosions at around 3am. Firefighters had to dodge “projectiles”. More on @WINNews_Gip #gippsnews pic.twitter.com/1mnS6hoxmJ

— Bonnie Barkmeyer (@BonnieBarkmeyer) September 17, 2019

An approximate 100 cylinders filled with cattle semen have been destroyed during the fire, as reported by ABC News.

Country Fire Authority Gippsland commander, Chris Loeschenkohl, told ABC News about the unique difficulties faced by the firefighters tackling the blaze:

The liquid inside the cylinders was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building,

So firefighters went into a defensive mode initially to protect themselves, because there were also LPG cylinders at the neighbouring property, and they did a magnificent job.

Ive never had anything to do with the artificial insemination (AI) side of things before. There was a couple of other flammable liquid cylinders stored within the building which did cause projectiles to exit the building.

Fire investigators on scene following a blaze that completely destroyed the Yarram Herd Services building last night. Cause of the fire is still being investigated. More on @WINNews_Gip #gippsnews pic.twitter.com/Kyx1X2phV6

— Bonnie Barkmeyer (@BonnieBarkmeyer) September 17, 2019

The subsequent destruction will reportedly have a hugely negative effect on dairy and beef cattle farmers within the area, with bull semen having been stored at the facility for the past two decades.

Committee vice chairman Aaron Thomas told ABC News:

The actual cylinders are worth between $500 and $1,000 per unit bRead More – Source