Firefighters battle blaze in barn containing chemicals at Rockland St Peter

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Firefighters battled a large blaze at a barn outside Rockland St Peter this evening.

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Crews were called shortly after 6.30pm to the fire in a chicken barn on Bell Lane, north of Rockland St Peter.

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley

Fire crews at the barn fire at Rockland St Peter. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

The barn was empty at the time but contained a store of chemicals used to clean it.

Firefighters advised people to avoid the area, while those living in the village were told to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution to stop fumes.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang and then seeing black smoke.


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The blaze was battled by 12 fire engines and they are expected to remain until late tonight.

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