Farm Building Destroyed by Fire
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was alerted to the fire at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 17 February) and at the height of the incident, five fire crews (Hereford x 2, Fownhope, Eardisley, Peterchurch) were involved in tackling the blaze.
The first crews to arrive found a small fire in an empty farmhouse, one of several unoccupied farm buildings at the site, but the fire developed rapidly to involve the roof and the structure of the building, with a risk of spread to the other buildings nearby. Initially four firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the fire using two hose reel jets, but they were withdrawn due to the unsafe structure of the building.
Crews then tackled the blaze from outside, with two main jets also used. Police and Amey also attended, assisting with traffic control and setting up temporary traffic lights to allow fire crews safe access to water supplies.
Firefighters remained at the farm overnight, and while the fire is now under control, a single crew is still at the scene, continuing to damp down. Further inspections are also expected to take place over the next two days.
Station Commander Sean Bailey from HWFRS said: “The fire had broken out in one of several stone and timber-framed buildings at the farm and our challenge was to prevent the fire spreading to any of the other buildings.”
He praised the crews for their hard work, confirming that they managed to contain the fire to the one building only. No one was injured during the incident but the farm building involved was completely destroyed internally, with just the walls and chimney stacks remaining.
HWFRS is now working with police to establish exactly how the fire started.