Hay bales go up in smoke in barn blaze

The blaze at Orchard Farm engulfs the barn
The blaze at Orchard Farm engulfs the barn

A blaze ripped through a barn destroying up to £10,000 worth of hay bales at a Faldingworth farm.

Around 35 firefighters spent 20 hours tackling the Orchard Farm blaze, which caused part of the barn’s roof to collapse and ruined 40 straw bales and 500 one tonne hay bales due to be sold to a riding centre.

Smoke from the fire on Spridlington Road could be seen as far away as Middle Rasen and bales – moved into a near by field by teleporters – are still smouldering away.

Fire crews from Market Rasen, Wragby and Lincoln were brought in to tackle the fire just after 8.30am on Friday after a build up of heat caused the bales to spontaneously combust.

The owner of the farm, who did not want to be named, said the only word to describe how he was feeling was “miserable”.

The blaze spread quickly through two adjoining barns and at first crews struggled to get water to the fire as the farm is about 1km from the road.

Farm worker Ian Yates, who has worked at Orchard Farm for 18 years, said: “It’s the first time anything like this has happened. I came to the farm as soon as I found out.

“There was a lot of smoke and the fire destroyed all but three bales. We were storing the bales for selling – they’re worth quite a lot of money because there’s a shortage at the moment.

“But we’re trying not to get too sad about it – it’s just one of those things.”

Lincoln Fire Station manager Dave Hopkins said: “The alarm was raised by a neighbour who saw a large volume of smoke coming from the barn.

“Initially it was quite difficult to get water to fire – we had to do shuttle runs as it took a couple of hours to get all of our equipment over there. And we had to get teleporters to move the bales.”

Mr Hopkins said the fire spread pretty quickly however no one was injured in the incident.