September 16, 2019 11.30 am This story is over 33 months old

Around 200 cattle evacuated as Louth barn fire rages on

It is being allowed to burn out under control

A large fire at a barn in Louth is being allowed to burn out under control after around 200 cattle were evacuated from the scene.

Multiple fire crews attended and Legbourne Road was closed after the fire was reported to Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue shortly after 4pm on Sunday, September 15.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue still have three appliances in attendance and crews are monitoring the scene. The fire at the barn containing 2000 tonnes of straw and diesel tanks is being allowed to burn out under control.

It is believed all the cattle are well and there were no human casualties either. The cause is still under investigation.

Photo: North Hykeham Fire Station

It is anticipated that the fire will remain burning for 48-72 hours. The adjoining fields are stubble fields, so they are being ploughed to avoid any fire spread.

The incident resulted in leverage damage by fire to one barn, which measures around 20m x 20m and 25% of the adjoining barn (approximately 20m x 15m). Around 17,000 litres of diesel and 5000 tonnes of baled straw were also on fire.

Jason Lawley, Deputy Divisional Commander at Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue said: “The advice to keep doors and windows closed was issued as a precaution yesterday (Sunday, September 15). This still stands if residents can smell smoke, however the wind is now light. The cause is still under investigation.”

Photo: Alford & Mablethorpe Police

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue said 10 fire appliances attended in total, along with two water carriers, hose layer, command support unit and welfare unit.