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Farm building fire

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Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was called to a fire at a farm in Breinton, Hereford at 18.54 on Friday (5th June). Six fire appliances from Hereford, Fownhope, Eardisley and Peterchurch, were deployed to the incident, supported by two water carriers, an environmental protection unit, command support unit and a hazardous materials officer.

On arrival firefighters were faced with a large fire involving several adjoining barns and outbuildings covering an area of approximately 60m x 40m. The buildings contained a range of agricultural chemicals and farm machinery and were fully involved in fire.

Fire crews acted quickly to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings containing further machinery and chemical stores. Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building however their task was made more difficult by the strong winds, limited water supplies, complex layout and the partial collapse of the roof. In spite of this crews swiftly brought the fire under control and thankfully no one was injured.

Station Commander Sean Bailey from HWFRS said: "The crews who attended are well trained in dealing with this type of incident and thanks to their prompt and professional actions we were able to prevent this incident from escalating further".

Roads closed during the incident have now been reopened and significant fire fighting activity has now ceased, although crews remained at the incident on Saturday 6th June to dampen down any remaining fire hot spots.

Issued by:

George Marshall
Group Commander