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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Farm Fire in Gnosall

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have been in attendance overnight at an incident on Audmore Loop in Gnosall.

The emergency call was received at 8.15pm last night and involved a farm building, 15m x 20m, containing approximately 200 tonnes of bailed straw which was well alight. 

Due to insufficient water supply in the area three pumps were initially sent to the incident from Gnosall, Eccleshall and Stafford. Firefighters used three mains jets to tackle the fire and bought it under control at around 9.35pm. One crew from Stafford have remained at the incident overnight dampening down.

Station Manager, Stan Cooper commented: "Crews worked hard at the incident to prevent the fire spreading into the adjacent barn which also contained a large quantity of bailed straw. The fire has destroyed the roof to the farm building, however using cooling jets firefighters managed to maintain the rest of the building.

"At this time of year we would urge farmers to be extra vigilant when it comes to storing their hay ready for the winter period and to ensure that barns are always locked up to prevent people from trespassing."

One relief crew from Ashley were sent to the incident at 5.45am this morning. A fire investigation is currently underway however the incident is believed to have been caused deliberately.