December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
Investigations are continuing into how a barn blaze, which destroyed about 800 tonnes of hay and straw, started at a farm in Hevingham.
The fire at Dole Wood Farm, off Norwich Road, broke out at about 7.30pm on Wednesday night.
At its peak a total of 55 firefighters attended to the blaze, including crews from Aylsham, Sprowston, Earlham, Carrow, Hethersett and Reepham.
Later, appliances from Cromer, Dereham, Acle, Holt and Mundesley also assisted, along with the water carrier from Fakenham and the control unit from Wymondham.
The blaze, which was spotted by the farm’s neighbour, prompted a quick response from farmer Justin Rust-Andrews, 35, who alerted fire crews to the barn fire before saving 100 cattle.
He has worked on the farm – owned by his aunt – since he was a young boy and spent yesterday moving unaffected hay bales away from the fire.
During the incident Mr Rust-Andrews used a lorry parked next to one of the barns to move more than 100 cattle. He also used a teleporter to move some straw from an adjoining barn to help firefighters ensure that the fire was unable to spread.
Yesterday morning at about 6am Norfolk police issued a warning to road users to approach the A140 area “with caution” because of hose ramps which were placed across the main road near The Fox pub. These were removed at about 10am.
In the afternoon a fire investigation officer went to inspect the damage.
A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said it was “too early” to say what had happened but said a crew had remained on scene for more than 18 hours “standing by” until there was no risk to other property or straw bales.