Huge fire wrecks Northumberland barn

The fire at Hadston.
The fire at Hadston.

THIS was the scene last night as flames engulfed a barn at a farm in Hadston.

Thousands of tonnes of hay were on fire and one eyewitness said he could see the blaze from several miles away, as it ‘lit up the night sky’.

The fire at Hadston. Picture by Ray Barclay

The fire at Hadston. Picture by Ray Barclay

Five fire crews were scrambled to the incident, which happened at around 6.15pm, following a large number of phone calls from the public and appliances were in attendance throughout the night.

A Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman told the Gazette this morning that the barn was still alight but the fire was contained and it is hoped that the property can be handed over to the farmer later today as a ‘controlled burning’.

One appliance from Amble was still on scene this morning, while two from Alnwick and Pegswood were stood down.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation is due to take place.

The fire at Hadston.

The fire at Hadston.

Last night, Mark McCarty, of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said that the building was ‘well alight’ when crews arrived and had been burning for some time.

He added that crews were taking a ‘defensive approach’ to the blaze and they were trying to contain the flames.

The fire spokeswoman added that no residents in surrounding houses had been evacuated.