Brave firefighters help save cattle from ‘dramatic’ fire involving 950 tonnes of hay at farm near Hitchin

Angels Farm fire. PICTURE: Mark 'Budge' Burgess.

Angels Farm fire. PICTURE: Mark 'Budge' Burgess. - Credit: Archant

Cattle were evacuated from a farm near Hitchin after a blaze involving 950 tonnes of hay engulfed a haystack and barn overnight – as more than 40 brave firefighters battled the inferno all night.

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The fire at Angels Farm in Kings Walden Road, Offley, started around 5.45pm yesterday evening and is still ongoing.

At the peak of the blaze there were crews from seven fire engines across Herts and one from Beds fighting the blaze.

Around 950 bales of hay caught alight in the fire at Angels Farm, Offley. Picture: @SCHutchinson_ vi

Around 950 bales of hay caught alight in the fire at Angels Farm, Offley. Picture: @SCHutchinson_ via Twitter - Credit: Archant

At one stage firefighters used water from a nearby lake, as the sheer amount used in attempting to put it out caused a drop in water levels in the area.

The Comet spoke to group commander Pete Hatherley who was on the scene all night. He said: “I am proud of all the firefighters.

Crews remained at the scene overnight to tackle the fire at Angels Farm in Offley. Picture: @SCHutch

Crews remained at the scene overnight to tackle the fire at Angels Farm in Offley. Picture: @SCHutchinson_ via Twitter - Credit: Archant


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“The fact crews worked tremendously hard to save building near to the barn was testament to the professionalism.

“They also helped the farmer in moving around 30 cattle from the area near to the fire.

Firefighters had to use water from this lake to tackle the blaze at Angels Farm in Offley. Picture:

Firefighters had to use water from this lake to tackle the blaze at Angels Farm in Offley. Picture: @SCHutchinson_ via Twitter - Credit: Archant

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“It was quite a frenetic and dramatic situation – certainly considering the efforts involved in stopping it spread as the wind did get up in the night.”

A spokesman for the fire service said it was too early to determine whether the fire – which is still ongoing – was started deliberately.

The scene this morning at Angels Farm in Offley as firefighters work to prevent further damage and s

The scene this morning at Angels Farm in Offley as firefighters work to prevent further damage and stop the blaze spreading. Picture: @SCHutchinson_ via Twitter - Credit: Archant

• The aerial footage (above) of the fire is courtesy of JWAP Joseph Wilmot Aerial Photography, see www.facebook.com/jwapHitchin for more.

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