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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Barn Fire in The Blythe Accidental

17/08/2011

 A fire investigation has established that a fire involving a large barn that contained approximately 50 tonnes of hay started accidentally.

"Firefighters worked hard to ensure the fire did not spread to any of the surrounding buildings."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan

The fire broke out at around 7.15am this morning off Grindley Lane near Uttoxeter. Crews from Uttoxeter, Stafford, Abbots Bromley, Barton-under-Needwood, Stone and Rugeley have been tackling the flames.

The water carrier from Cheadle was also in attendance at the height of the incident and two crews still remain on scene continuing the damp down.

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan said: "There is nothing to suggest this fire was started maliciously. The most likely cause is spontaneous combustion of the hay, which can happen when hay bales are stored and still hold a high level of moisture.

"Crews are likely to remain at the scene for the rest of the day monitoring hotspots. A large barn has been affected by the blaze however firefighters worked hard to ensure the fire did not spread to any of the surrounding buildings and any nearby animals were moved to a safe location."