FIREFIGHTERS spent more than 12 hours battling a blaze after 100 tonnes of hay caught fire.
Fire officers from Peterlee Station were called to a farm in Front Street, Wingate, just after 1am on Tuesday.
By 3.30am firefighters had managed to extinguish half of the blaze and put out a fire in a nearby shed but 50 tonnes of hay was still well alight. Firefighters were still on the scene at 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.
A Durham Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We received a call at 1.08am reporting a barn on fire in Front Street, in Wingate. Around 100 tonnes of hay and a shed nearby were well alight.”
An investigation has been launched to determine what caused the blaze.