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Video: Farmer reveals anguish after fire destroys year's supply of straw - but 250 pigs rescued at Garnhams Barn Farm

PUBLISHED: 21:05 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 21:05 21 September 2014

Fire at Garnham Barn Farm, Otley

Fire at Garnham Barn Farm, Otley

A farmer has said he lost a year's supply of straw after a huge fire broke out at his farm at the weekend.

Around 250 pigs were led to safety after firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at Garnhams Barn Farm in Otley Road, Cretingham, at 12.40am on Saturday.

Initial reports suggested the fire was being treated as suspicious. However, police today said they are awaiting the outcome of a Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service investigation, which will establish whether the fire was started deliberately, before launching their own probe.

John Cutting, owner of the farm, praised the work of the firefighters, who helped move the pigs to nearby shelter from their barn, which was partially damaged by the straw blaze.

Mr Cutting said: “I’ve lost a one-year supply of straw – around 9,000 bales. I don’t know how much (financially) it is, but I’ve got to get more.”

He explained a passer-by raised the alarm by alerting a resident who lives opposite the farm about the fire. The resident then phoned the fire brigade and Mr Cutting. Mr Cutting said: “When I came out of Otley, the sky was aglow with orange. I thought ‘Well, I’ve lost my pigs’, but fortunately they are all OK.

“The firefighters have been absolutely brilliant and very professional. They have helped out a lot.” The fire was brought under control by 3.40am. It was monitored over the weekend.

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