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Firefighters successfully battle Stotfold barn fire

Firefighters battled to put out more than 30 tonnes of lit straw and rescued several farm animals following a fire in Stotfold yesterday (Monday), despite the risk of asbestos.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) was called at around 5pm to reports of a barn on fire at a farm in Stotfold Road.

A number of fire engines attended and BFRS worked alongside crews from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to prevent the fire from spreading further – something which was further complicated due to asbestos present in the roof of the barn.

Incident Commander Robert Hulatt said: “Incidents involving asbestos are extremely hazardous to everyone involved so it was important we identified it quickly then put in place a plan to tackle the incident as safely as possible, which included keeping minimal numbers of crews in the hazard area and ensuring a thorough decontamination process afterwards.

“Together with our colleagues at Hertfordshire, we were able to keep the fire contained to the original building prior to extinguishing it, protecting surrounding properties which were minutes away from becoming involved in the fire, as well as rescuing livestock.”