Barn destroyed in Leeds farm blaze

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A barn at a Leeds farm has been completely destroyed by fire.

Firefighters were called to Rakehill Farm on Rakehill Road, Barwick in Elmet just after 9pm on Wednesday night. (Sept 5)

The 50m by 20m timber barn, which was full of bales of straw, was well alight and also contained propane, argon, oxygen and empty acetylene cylinders.

Fire crews from Stanks, Garforth, Moortown, Stanningley and Leeds fire stations battled the blaze and used large water jets to bring the flames under control.

All animals had been cleared from the area before the fire service arrived so were not involved.

Incident commander, Station Commander Nigel Kirk, said: “The cylinders were cooled as part of the firefighting operation and were removed yesterday.”

SC Nigel Kirk praised the firefighters for their “excellent effort” in saving a nearby property and caravans, working in difficult conditions in a remote area with little water.

The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

Jason Greenwood of Mamas & Papas

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