December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Dozens of straw bales went up in flames after a north Norfolk farm building was destroyed by fire last night (Saturday).
Firefighters from Aylsham, Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham, and Holt were called to the barn blaze on Townland Farm, Calthorpe, near Cromer, at 10.22pm.
They left at 2.30am today but a crew from Reepham stayed at the site which continued to smoulder today.
Fire crews are expected to stay on the farm today to dampen down the flames and keep the area safe.
No other buildings were damaged and no-one was injured.
John Baker, North Walsham station manager, said: “We attended the fire at about 10.30pm last night and found a fully developed fire in a barn. There were approximately 200 bales of straw in the building.
“Our main aim last night was protecting the barn next to the one that burnt down and an adjacent property. If the fire had gone into the other barn it would have been a lot worse. Fortunately we had no asbestos and as luck would have it, the barn is quite isolated.”
He added he could see the smoke from Roughton on the A140.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and will be investigated.
Police and paramedics were also called last night for the safety of the firefighters and left at about midnight.
Rob Vanree, 17, who was at his friend’s house near the barn, said: “We were in the garden and we saw this huge thing of smoke appear and heard lots of shouting. We came to have a look and the barn was up in flames. The heat coming off it was unreal.”
Townland Farm is off The Street and the agricultural storage building was 50 metres by 20 metres with a timber frame and tin roof.