Friday 23 February, 2024

Barn fire destroys winter feed at Surrey farm

Manor Farm said the fire had ruined the hard work of preparing for winter

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A fire at a farm in Surrey has destroyed a barn along with straw and hay which had been stored inside (Manor Farm)
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A fire at a farm in Surrey has destroyed a barn along with straw and hay which had been stored inside (Manor Farm)

A farm in Surrey has been left ‘disgusted' after a farm fire destroyed its barn and supply of winter feed.

Manor Farm, in Wotton, said the incident had taken place at Crossways Farm in Abinger Hammer around 6.30pm on Friday (December 1) when a barn stocked with hay and straw was ‘set alight'.

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An eye witness told the Farmers Guardian two people had reportedly been seen running out of the barn before jumping into a car at around 6pm.

The farm described the difficulty of going through the incident after putting the effort and hard work into preparing for winter.

The farm said the fire had 'wasted' the effort and resources of emergency service personnel (Manor Farm)

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"All our straw and hay within the barn burnt to the ground and the barn is ruined," Manor Farm said.

"The manner in which people choose to do this is appalling and disgusting on so many levels.

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The barn fire which was 'well alight' on December 1 (Manor Farm)

"All the hard work we do to get the winter feed and bedding in is absolutely ruined.

"This created a massive hazard to nearby homes and adjacent road users, and very likely harmed wildlife.

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"It wastes the valuable services and resources of the fire service and police.

"Our team have worked hard throughout the year, growing crops which produce all manner of food and ingredients for people to eat, plus the by-product of straw which can be used as bedding or food for livestock.

"If anyone has any details or dash cam footage of anything that may be helpful please do let us know."

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service along with Surrey Police were approached for further comment.

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