Southwest sees 3 farm fires in 3 days

Fire crews in the southwest have been called to three serparate farm fires over the past week (September 3-5). The cause of each incident is yet to be determined, but believed to be accidental.

Common Lane, Churchill

Fire crews were called to Common Lane in Churchill on Friday, September 3, following reports of a fire affecting farm equipment.

In a statement on its website, Avon Fire and Rescue said:

“Crews from Blagdon, Yatton and Weston Super Mare were called to reports of a fire affecting farm equipment at 2:52p.m (September 3).

On arrival, crews found one tractor and machinery trailer well alight.

“Using two high pressure hose reels including foam, and one firefighter wearing breathing apparatus, crews were able to extinguish the fire.

“The cause of the incident was determined to have been accidental.”

Thornbury

Early morning on September 5, Thornbury’s firefighters took to Facebook to post this video of a tractor on fire, with the following message:

“A busy day for our crews. A road traffic collision on the motorway followed by a garden fence on fire in Thornbury, then this tractor fire this evening (September 4).”

Avon Fire and Rescue explain further:

“On arrival, crews found one tractor and slurry pump well alight.

“Using one high pressure hose reel including foam and one 45mm jet, crews were able to extinguish the fire. Three firefighters wore breathing apparatus.

“The cause of the incident was determined to have been accidental ignition.”

Skinners hill, Camerton

Later that day on Sunday, September 5, crews were called to Skinners hill, Camerton.

“Crews from Radstock, Paulton, Bath and Hicks Gate were called to reports of a fire affecting a silo at 4:33p.m,” Avon Fire and Rescue’s statement explains.

“On arrival, crews found a large fire within a grain silo, with approximately 30t of grain affected.

With six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, crews were able to extinguish the fire.

“In use were two hose reels, two 45mm jets, turntable ladders and cutting equipment.

“The cause of the incident has been determined as accidental ignition.”