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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Farm Fire in Penkridge Started Accidentally

15/05/2012

A fire at a farm on Lower Drayton Lane in Lower Drayton in Penkridge at the weekend was started accidentally.

“The fire was started accidentally due to a controlled burn that had not been extinguished properly. This incident ended up requiring the attendance of crews for over 30 hours, so it really is important that people ensure that controlled burns are fully extinguished before they are left.”  

Station Manager Dermot Hogan.

The fire was started due to a small controlled burn that had not been extinguished properly.

The call came in reporting the fire at 3.58am on Saturday morning. The fire involved 250 tonnes of rubbish and wood that was well alight.

Fire and rescue crews worked tirelessly over the weekend to tackle the fire and at the height of the incident there were five fire engines at the scene from Penkridge, Cannock, Rising Brook, Stafford and the water carrier from Cheadle.

Firefighters used two main jets with compressed air foam to tackle the fire which contained it to and area of approximately ten by ten metres. A farm digger was used to create a break in the fire to isolate it and prevent it from spreading further.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: “The fire was started accidentally due to a controlled burn that had not been extinguished properly. This incident ended up requiring the attendance of crews for over 30 hours, so it really is important that people ensure that controlled burns are fully extinguished before they are left.”

The incident was closed at 10.31am on Sunday.