Firefighters tackle Stockland barn fire

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 August 2015

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Fifty tonnes of nitrogen fertiliser, which was also being stored in the barn, was not involved in the blaze.

Firefighters spent more than two hours tackling a silo blaze in Stockland.

The call was made to officers at 10.08pm on Wednesday (August 12), with one fire engine each from Honiton and Axminster mobilised to the scene.

Upon arrival at Ridge Cross, crews found a grain dryer involved in the fire and set to work with two hose reel jets while the farmer on site helped decant grain. Officers spent the first hour damping down the blaze while the farmer decanted the overheated grain.

By 11.30pm, the crews had made steady progress in removing the grain from the drier with a telehandler.

By 12.06am, the majority of grain had been removed from the dryer, with roughly one tonne extinguished.

Following cleanup operations at the top of the silo and checks made with the thermal imagine, the scene was made safe. Fifty tonnes of nitrogen fertiliser, which was also being stored in the barn, did not set alight.

A fire spokesman said: “Contents of the dryer removed using internal extrication system and a telehandler.”

“Fifty tonnes of Nitram, which was stored in the barn, was not involved in the fire. Crews used two hose reel jets, thermal imaging camera, water from hydrant, triple extension ladder, specialist rope equipment and Sunstrom masks [breathing gear] to extinguish the fire.”

The cause of the fire was accidental.

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