Barn fire was arson

Bukehorn Fire

A massive fire in a barn in Thorney at the weekend was arson, Cambs Fire & Rescue have said.

They are asking anyone with information to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The fire was in a barn belonging to DP & IA Coles of Rose Farm on Bukehorn Road. Fire crews were called at just after midnight on Saturday and appliances attended from Thorney, Stanground, March and Crowland, plus a water carrier from Ramsey.

The fire was visible for miles around as flames leapt over 100ft into the air.

The 40 metre by 20 metre barn, used for agricultural storage, contained farm machinery and about 300 tonnes of potatoes.

Firefighters had to cut away roof panels to gain access and provide ventilation after the fire spread to 500 pallets inside the building.

Crews used two covering jets to extinguish the fire and returned to their stations by 4.43am. Additional crews were sent throughout the night to monitor the building and were still there on Monday.

Bukehorn Road was closed on Sunday and Monday.

This video was shot from a house in the village a mile away as emergency crews were arriving just after midnight:

Fire crews are pictured damping down on Sunday.


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