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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Barn Fires in 24 Hours

28/05/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended two separate barn fires in the last 24 hours – both believed to have started accidentally due to spontaneous combustion.

"We would urge anyone storing items in barns to take the time to check they are storing items safely and appropriately and if in doubt, seek advice from the Fire Service."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The first incident took place yesterday at 10.40am where crews from Longton and Cheadle were called to a stable fire at a farm on Draycott Road in Upper Tean.

The stable was well alight on arrival and crews used two hose reel jets and two main jets to tackle the flames. Livestock had been moved to a safe location prior to firefighter’s arrival.

Firefighters left the scene at 12.52pm.

At 2.28am this morning, a call was received reporting a barn fire at a farm off Stock Lane in Marchington. Crews from Uttoxeter, Abbots Bromley, Tutbury and Burton attended as well as the water carrier from Cannock.

A tractor was also involved in this incident and livestock had again already been moved to a safe location. Crews used two hose reel jets and compressed air foam to tackle the fire.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "Both fires involved buildings where hay was being stored and the most likely cause of both fires is spontaneous combustion, which can happen when bales are stored and still hold a high level of moisture.  

"Luckily, the fire was spotted early at both incidents which meant the farmers were able to move livestock away from harm.

"We would urge anyone storing items in barns to take the time to check they are storing items safely and appropriately and if in doubt, seek advice from the Fire Service."

Crews left the Marchington incident at 6.27am this morning.