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Crews tackle farm fire near Burton-upon-Trent

May 21 2018
The burnt remains of the barn

The burnt remains of the barn

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has extinguished a large fire at a farm in Anslow, Burton-upon-Trent.

“The fire investigation was particularly difficult and lengthy due to the large area involved. Unfortunately due to the extent of the damage we were unable to determine a cause but at this time there is nothing to suggest that the fire was started deliberately.”

Brian Griffiths, Fire Investigation Officer

Crews were called to reports of a fire at Lount Farm in Lount Lane at around 1.30am yesterday morning (Sunday). Initially two appliances from Burton attended, followed by further pumps from Tutbury and Barton-under-Needwood and the water carrier from Cheadle. Due to the size of the fire further appliances from Abbots Bromley, Lichfield and Swadlincote (Derbyshire) attended to help tackle the blaze. The firefighters used three main jets and separated the incident in different sectors in order the fights the fire.

One woman suffered smoke inhalation and was given oxygen therapy at the scene.

The incident was scaled back to three appliances at about 6.12am and crews continued to extinguish the fire, which involved a stable building, a barn and 10 tonnes of straw. Unfortunately the fire had spread to a caravan storage area and had destroyed approximately 20 caravans before the fire service were able to contain the fire and prevent it spreading to the remainder of the caravans.

A tractor was used to move burning straw from within the barn so it could be extinguished in smaller piles or left to burn out in a safe and controlled manner. Crews left the incident at about 3.10pm and returned later that evening to re-inspect the site, leaving the incident a final time at 8.20pm.

A joint fire investigation was carried out by SFRS and West Midlands Fire Service, with assistance from fire investigation dog Kai and his handler Matt Dixon. Due to the amount of damage caused the exact cause of the fire has not yet been established, however it is not believed to be suspicious.

Brian Griffiths, Fire Investigation Officer, said: “This incident was very challenging for firefighters due to the large outbuildings and number of caravans involved, with others at risk of igniting.

“The caravans contained gas cylinders which only added to the dangerous conditions faced by crews, who worked tirelessly through the night to gain control of the blaze. A number of LPG cylinders exploded during the fire and the fire crews had to act quickly to ensure that no other cylinders were involved.

“A number of horses were stabled in one of the buildings but thankfully due to the quick actions of one of the stable hands none were injured as they were let out to the safety of the nearby fields.

“The fire investigation was particularly difficult and lengthy due to the large area involved. Unfortunately due to the extent of the damage we were unable to determine a cause but at this time there is nothing to suggest that the fire was started deliberately.”