60 tonnes of straw go up in flames during barn blaze

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Fire-fighters have only just left the scene of a barn blaze in Slaidburn which saw 60 tonnes of straw go up in flames.

Two fire engines from Clitheroe responded to the blaze at the Dutch barn on Shay Lane at just past 5-30 pm yesterday (Wednesday).

But due to the sheer size and scale of the fire at the 30 metre by 30 metre barn assistance was needed in the form of two more fire engines from Nelson.

Full of hay and farm machinery, the barn was well alight when fire-fighters from Clitheroe arrived at the scene.

They pumped water from a nearby stream and fought the blaze using three jets, one ground monitor, a lightweight portable pump and lighting units until 1 am this morning. They were then relieved by crews from Accrington and Burnley who only left at just before 2 pm today (Thursday).

Dave McGrath, watch manager at Clitheroe Fire Station, said investigations are still continuing into the cause of the fire.

Yesterday proved a busy day for the borough’s fire-fighters with another fire developing at Albermarle Court, Clitheroe, at just after 1 pm.

They used four breathing apparatus, one hose reel, and thermal image cameras to control the blaze. A ventilation unit was also in use.

The fire caused severe damage to the first floor bedroom and there was also severe damage by heat and smoke to the remainder of the first floor. There was also light smoke and water damage to the ground floor.