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Shropshire fire crews tackle three barn blazes

Telford | News | Published:

[gallery] These are the dramatic scenes as Shropshire firefighters tackled three barns fires at farms across the county.

The first to break out was a huge blaze at Longswood Farm, Sleapwood, near Telford, which started in the early hours of Saturday morning.

More than 30 firefighters from Wellington were on scene for nearly 12 hours and had to use water from the nearby River Term to douse the fire, which gutted a 130-foot long barn containing more than 400 tonnes for straw, corn and farm machinery.

Firefighters also spent more than three hours extinguishing a barn fire near Shifnal. Five crews from Albrighton were sent to a farm near Tong at 10.49pm on Saturday after a barn containing a large amount of straw caught fire.

And at 7.15pm on Sunday Shropshire Fire Control received reports of a barn fire at Hogstow near Minsterley.

Fire appliances from Minsterley were involved in fighting the fire, which involved a three bay metal barn, measuring 10m x 6m, which contained hay bales. Three breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets were in use by fire service personnel.

There were also smaller fires at Baschurch and on the Wrekin.

At just after 6.30pm on Saturday, fire control received calls of a shed fire at Fenemere, near Baschurch. Two appliances from Baschurch arrived at the scene to find two tonnes of straw inside a large shed alight. One hose reel jet was used and the fire was extinguished by 7pm.

Crews from Wellington were called at 6.18pm on Sunday to a fire in a field near to the Wrekin.

Approximately 50 bales of bay and 20 metres of hedgerow were alight at the site near Aston Road. Four main jets and one hose reel were used to douse the flames.

The cause of all the fires is unknown but fire service investigators were on scene at all the incidents. Anyone with any information should call 101.

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