Barn continues to burn 24 hours after arson attack at Thorney farm

Arsonists have set fire to a barn in Thorney which continues to burn this morning, more than 24 hours after it was lit.

Monday, 27th March 2017, 10:30 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:26 pm
The fire in Thorney is still burning this Monday morning - PHOTO: @PdbBooth

Four fire crews from Thorney, Stanground, March and one from Crowland in Lincolnshire, together with a water carrier from Ramsey, were called to a barn fire in Bukehorn Road at just after midnight on Sunday, March 26.

The 40 metre by 20 metre barn, used for agricultural storage, contained farm machinery and about 300 tonnes of potatoes.

Firefighters used a Multistar appliance to access the roof in order to cut away roof panels to gain access and provide ventilation after the fire spread to 500 pallets inside the building.

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Crews used two covering jets to extinguish the fire and returned to their stations by 4.43am.

Additional crews were sent throughout the night to monitor the building and are still there this morning.

The cause of the fire was deliberate.

It was the second arson attack in Bukehorn Road over the weekend.

A fire crew from Thorney were called to the same location of Friday, March 24, at 11pm.

Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish two bales which had been set on fire.

Anyone with information about either arson attack should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.