Twelve fire crews called to tackle serious barn blaze in Suffolk

The fire has severely damaged a number of buildings in Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE

The fire has severely damaged a number of buildings in Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: Archant

Dozens of firefighters were called to tackle a large barn blaze spread by the wind which has devastated several out buildings in Suffolk.

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to the incident in Halesworth at 1.22pm this afternoon after reports a barn and several outbuildings at a property had caught fire.

There are ten crews currently attending the scene in Wash Lane, Mells.

Firefighters were initially hoping to stop the spread of the barn blaze, before the nearby outbuildings also caught alight due to the strong winds.

Then, they changed tactics to section off different areas and put them out one by one.

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: Archant


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Crews used jets and hose reels to attempt to get the flames under control.

As of 3.54pm the fire has been surrounded and the dampening down is in progress.

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Several relief crews are expected to arrive at around 5pm to take over from the fire fighters who have been there for several hours now.

Mark Hardingham, chief fire officer, said: “Firefighters from 6 fire stations dealt with this fire today in a series of farm buildings.

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

The fire at a property in Wash Lane Mells near Halesworth. Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: Archant

“All now under control but it was burning out of control for a while.

“Well done those who attended.”

Initially 12 engines were called to the scene from Leiston, Saxmundham, Wrentham, Southwold, Halesworth, Bungay, Beccles, Haverhill, Lowestoft South – ten remained to tackle the fire.

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