Snape: Lightning strike causes barn blaze at Suffolk farm

The barn fire in Bridge Street, Snape.

The barn fire in Bridge Street, Snape. - Credit: Archant

A barn was left in ruins after a lightning strike ignited tonnes of bailed hay.

The building was struck by lightning at about noon as a storm swept the county.

Fire crews from Halesworth, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Ipswich East stations were called to the scene in Bridge Road, Snape.

The lightning bolt caused an explosion that set ablaze about 500 eight-foot bails of hay and spread to engulf a trailer, farm tools and a vintage tractor.

Owner, Miranda Barclay, was at home next door when the lightning struck. She said: “There was an enormous crash – a vast explosion. Then everything started going off like fireworks. It was completely destroyed.”

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Firefighters had to let the contents of the barn burn itself out under supervision, as using water would have been ineffective.

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