Barrow Gurney barn fire under investigation

By Chew Valley Gazette in Crime

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have announced they are treating the fire which broke out at a barn in Barrow Gurney as arson.

Emergency services were called to deal with the fire in Barns Close at around 11pm on Wednesday 31 May. Crews from eight fire stations tackled the blaze through the night, as 40 tonnes of hay went up in flames. The farmer whose barn was on fire aided fire crews by pulling the burning bales out of the barn with his tractor so that the firemen could douse them with jets of water. Whilst the blaze was under control by the morning two crews had to remain at the site Thursday before the fire was completely extinguished.

It caused extensive damage to the barn and its contents. Investigators have concluded it was likely to have been started deliberately.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary ask "Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Barns Close area around the time the fire started? Do you know who started this fire?"

If you can help, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217122385

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