Firefighter operations are continuing in Kent to extinguish a barn fire that started on Wednesday (September 27).

Two fire engines remain at the scene of the fire involving two open-sided barns and a large haystack – approximately 200m x 10m x 10m in size – at a farm off Main Road, in Sellindge, Ashford. 

At the height of the fire, 14 engines and a bulk water carrier were in attendance.

According to Kent Fire and Rescue Service, fires of this nature can take some days to be fully extinguished.

“Crews…are continuing to clear debris and maintain a watching brief of the smouldering haystack to ensure it does not spread,” it said today (Friday, September 29).

It added that pulling away and dampening sections of haystack can cause smoke to increase and decrease and advised people working or living nearby to close windows and doors.

Smoke remains in the area

In the early stages of the incident, firefighters worked with the farmer overnight on Wednesday to move hundreds of cattle to safety.

The cause of the fire is unknown but an investigation is underway.

One person received also a minor burn during the firefighting operation, and has been checked over by paramedics.

Barn fire

Earlier this week fire fighters in Wiltshire put out a barn fire in Bromham.

The barn contained 75t of hay.

A number of appliances were in attendance and dealt with the blaze, including two crews from Devizes, one from Calne and a water carrier from Royal Wootton Bassett.