Firefighters tackle barn blaze at Northumberland farm

Firefighters at the scene of the devastating blaze at Whinney Hill Farm.
Firefighters at the scene of the devastating blaze at Whinney Hill Farm.

More than 20 firefighters are battling a barn blaze in Northumberland this evening (Sunday).

Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service was called to the fire at Whinney Hill Farm, Choppington, at 6.15pm to find a 40m-by-40m barn well alight. The fire had spread to three adjacent, larger barns.

The blaze at Whinney Hill Farm, Choppington.

The blaze at Whinney Hill Farm, Choppington.

Five fire appliances attended, along with two officers, and a total of 22 fire service personnel. Two jets and two hose-reels were used control the blaze and protect surrounding properties.

A brigade spokesman said 40,000 cubic metres of baled straw and 10 tons of ammonium-based fertiliser had been destroyed. The crews had the fire surrounded by 8.45pm and cordons were in place.