VIDEO: Tonnes of hay ablaze in Findon

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TONNES of hay in a farmer’s field which caught alight in Findon early this morning may have been there to keep travellers out, firefighters believe.

The fire service received a number of calls to attend Nepcote Lane at 6.40am, where they found several tonnes of hay ablaze.

The fire may have been started deliberately.

Fire chief Roy Barraclough said: “Originally it was seven or eight tonnes of hay that had been put there, I think, to keep travellers out.

“We don’t know for sure how it started but there were a few bottles around the scene, so it could have been started deliberately.

“Equally, it could have been accidental, for example if someone dropped a cigarette.”

One hose reel and drag rakes were used to extinguish the fire.


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