Firefighters tackle barn ablaze for more than 13 hours - as nearby residents told to close windows due to asbestos fears

The public were warned to stay inside and close doors and windows as firefighters battled a barn blazenote-0.

Thursday, 31st October 2019, 10:55 am
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:14 am

Cleveland Fire Brigade were called out just before 5.30pm to a fire in a barn at Lamb House Farm in Elwick on Wednesday.

Two fire engines were dispatched to the scene from Hartlepool Community Fire Station.

A spokesperson from Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “On arrival, due to the barn being constructed from asbestos and containing approximately 300 bales of hay, a defensive approach was adopted. This means crews remained on site to provide firefighting capabilities should they be required.”

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Barn fire under investigation by Cleveland Fire Brigade. Picture: Benjamin Driver

The cause of the fire is being investigated.