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Fire crews battle big barn blaze at Ash near Sandwich

Contributed by editor on Aug 12, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The blazing barn at Ash  Photo: Kent Fire and Rescue Service

 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to a large barn fire in Goss Hall Lane, Ash shortly after 11.00am yesterday 11 August 2019.


Four fire engines and a bulk water carrier were initially at the scene and crews are using main jets and hose reel jets tackled the blaze, which involved the whole barn.

The building, which measures approximately 100m x 25m contained approximately 800 tonnes of straw, a vehicle and farm machinery.


Firefighting efforts were made more difficult due to strong winds fanning the flames.

People living or working nearby were asked to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution as there was a large amount of smoke in the area.

The incident was reduced to two fire engines at 8.30pm in the evening and remained at the scene overnight.

Two fire engines remain at the scene this morning, 12 August, and crews have been using a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters will now be carrying out a controlled burn at the incident and people living or working nearby are still advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

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