Fire at farm in Castle Frome
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was called to the incident shortly after 5.05pm and two fire crews from Bromyard and two from Ledbury were sent to the scene. The Incident Response Unit from Hereford, the water carrier from Leominster, the Restricted Access Vehicle from Peterchurch, the Environmental Protection Unit from Stourport and the Command Support Unit from Malvern also attended.
Crews arrived at the farm to find a severe fire in a steel-framed agricultural building containing machinery and a small quantity of agro-chemicals. The blaze was brought under control just before 9pm, with two firefighters in breathing apparatus, four hose reel jets and four main jets used along with the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS).
Firefighters remained at the scene overnight, damping down until around 10.30am the following morning (Saturday 21 July). They also returned to the farm at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon to carry out a re-inspection.
The farm building was extensively damaged in the fire, with an internal mezzanine and part of a gable wall collapsing, and the machinery inside it destroyed.
Group Commander Rob Ball from HWFRS praised the crews for their hard work at the incident, saying: “As well as using the water carrier, crews set up a water relay from the river to augment the water supply and used equipment from the Environmental Protection Unit to prevent any water run-off entering the drainage system.”
The fire is believed to have started in a tractor.