Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Agricultural building fire

Watery Lane, Harlow
03/07/2019 @ 11:31
Incident Number: 103624
In attendance: 2 x Harlow, 1 x Ongar, 1 x Great Dunmow, 1 x Epping, 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Chelmsford (Animal Unit)

Firefighters were called to a fire involving a large agricultural building in Harlow this morning (Wendesday 3 July).

The building, which measured aproximately 50m x 25m, was completely on fire when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters worked quickly to set up a good water supply to protect a number of nearby outbuildings.

Around 100 pigs who lived in the barn were released from the building by the farm owners before the fire service arrived. Specialist animal trained crews were sent to the scene to help contain the pigs and a vet was also requested to look after the pigs welfare.

Firefighters tackled the building fire using a number of hoses and worked hard to protect a number of nearby outbuildings. The fire affected two other small outbuildings which were attached to the barn.

The barn also contained around 40 tonnes of straw which crews have surrounded and will allow to burn out under their control.

At 3pm, the incident was scaled down to just four engines. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the pile of straw which is burning under control. Fire crews will be breaking the pile of starw apart to reduce the time it burns.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.



Incident Images

  • Incident 103624 Pig Farm 001
  • Incident 103624 Pig Farm 002
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