4:51pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013
By Marion Sauvebois
AROUND 200 tonnes of hay were destroyed in a barn fire in Almondsbury on Easter Monday.
The fire broke out in a 20 by 30 metre barn on Fern Hill just before 2.45am on April 1.
Four fire engines from Patchway, Southmead and Avonmouth were called to tackle the blaze. Crews used two high pressure hose reels and one water jet to contain the flames. It is believed the blaze was started deliberately.
An Avon Fire and Rescue spokesman said firefighters were at the scene until 2pm.
He said: "The barn was gutted. It contained 200 tonnes of hay. It was well alight by the time we got there. A barn fire takes a long time, you have to damp it down and cool it down. The most effective thing to do is to control it and let it burn out."
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