150 tonnes of hay burned

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Fire­fight­ers spent 15 hours bat­tling a blaze which ripped through around 150 tonnes of hay and in­volved “large amounts of as­bestos”. More than 30 fire­fight­ers worked through the night on Satur­day to put out the hay barn fire - be­lieved to be ar­son - af­ter they were alerted to it just af­ter 7pm. Hay at Rush­moor Dairy Farm, Old Down Road, Bad­minton, was still smoul­der­ing and there were “pock­ets of fire”, still in ev­i­dence at 12.30pm on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Avon Fire and Res­cue. The roof of the barn was made of white as­bestos ce­ment sheet­ing. Fire of­fi­cers made reg­u­lar checks of the wind di­rec­tion for fear that par­ti­cles from the burn­ing roof would drift to­wards homes in the area. But fire of­fi­cer Justin Hobbs said there was no risk to the pub­lic from the as­bestos par­ti­cles. “We made reg­u­lar checks of the wind di­rec­tion dur­ing the night,” he said. “The wind di­rec­tion was in our favour and was go­ing across the sur­round­ing fields. “Any par­ti­cles were con­tained within the farm grounds.” Fire­fight­ers left the scene at about 10am on Sun­day but re­turned three-hourly to make sure the re­main­ing hay, which can­not be fed to the cat­tle, was burn­ing safely. A team of 35 fire­fight­ers from sta­tions across the force area bat­tled the blaze us­ing high-pres­sure jets. Crews also man­aged to stop the fire from spread­ing to an ad­ja­cent in­dus­trial unit at the farm. Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers said they be­lieved it was started de­lib­er­ately and that they had handed the mat­ter over to the po­lice.

Pic­tures: Avon Fire and Res­cue

The fire at Rush­moor Dairy Farm

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