Firefighters battle major barn blaze in Thornton

An investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going.
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Around 30 firefighters battled a blaze in Thornton after a barn full of baled hay went up in flames, say fire services.

Crews from Blackpool, Bispham, Fleetwood, Preesall, South Shore and an Aerial Ladder Platform and support fire engine and crew from Morecambe were called out to a farm on Woodhouse Road at around 8.15pm on September 18.

Firefighters reported seeing the raging fire from a mile away as they travelled to the scene.

The fire was brought under control using and fire services report that resources were scaled back just before midnight.

Two crews, however, remained at the scene overnight using jets to keep the blaze under control.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We were alerted to the fire via a 999 call and could see smoke and fire while we were en-route from a mile away - it was a very large fire.

"The fire was already well established by the time we arrived and our primary focus was to stop it spreading to neighbouring barns and properties.

"We surrounded the barn with hose jets and kept them trained on the barn for several hours.

"Thankfully we were successful at stopping the fire from spreading.

"There were lots of other barns around and these held farming equipment and more hay bales so if we had not intervened this could have been much worse.

"By around midnight we managed to get the fire under control and isolated it to a main pile of hay.

"Two engines remained at the scene overnight.

"This morning the farmer used his tractor to move the burning hay to a field where it was spread out and fire fighters used their hose reels to damp it down."

Fire services say that the barn and its contents were completely destroyed by the fire.

No people or animals were injured during the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is on-going.