Yapton farm fire believed to be ‘deliberate ignition’

Drove Lane Farm fire. Pic: James Stephenson
Drove Lane Farm fire. Pic: James Stephenson

A blaze at Drove Lane Farm over the weekend is being investigated a spokesman at West Sussex Fire and Rescue has confirmed.

They said: “Crews were called just before 10pm on Saturday, seven pumps and specialist appliances attended.”

Using two pumps, four jets and one hydrant, firefighters battled through the night and over eight hours later, at 6.10am Sunday, the stop message was recieved.

The spokesman said the incident is ‘believed to be of deliberate ignition’ and resulted in a barn ‘containing 100 tonnes of straw and hay’ being ‘100 per cent destroyed’.

Eye witness James Stephenson captured this image and said: “The nearest hydrant was on the corner by the olive branch, emergency services had to go back and forth to fill up, a water tanker was roped in to assist.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “There were no reports of injuries of or anyone being trapped. The fire is now being treated as arson and enquiries are being made.

“No arrests have been made at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting serial 103 of 16/17.

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