Watch fire crews battle Deopham farm blaze
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
A major blaze which destroyed a large barn at a Norfolk farm on Sunday has been contained by dozens of firefighters, saving thousands of animals.
The fire at Crown Farm at Deopham, near Attleborough, was reported at 9.30am and saw a total of 63 firefighters called out at the height of the blaze.
Fire crews managed to prevent the flames spreading to other buildings, farm equipment and reaching some of the 12,000 turkeys that are on the farm off Vicarage Road.
It has destroyed a barn that contained a large amount of straw and crews are remaining on the scene to make sure other buildings are safe while the straw fire slowly dies out.
Farm owner Sue McInnes Skinner praised the crews for their quick actions in preventing the flames from spreading and causing further damage, with diesel stores and a hay barn nearby,
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She said: 'They have been absolutely marvellous and they got here so quickly.
'There response was quite incredible and we would have lost a lot of our animals if it was not for them, that is for sure.'
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The fire service's incident commander was Paul Seaman, based at Thetford fire station.
He praised the fire crew on the scene, which was from Attleborough, for the way they assessed the situation and called in the relevant further support.
Nine further fire engines and a water carrier and control unit were called out.
One firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion as the crews battled the fire in scorching temperatures.
Mr Seaman said: 'It is a large incident in extreme heat. It is extremely hard to work in these conditions. All of the crews have worked extremely well.'
UK Power Network engineers were also called out and police attended to control traffic.