A farm fire has seen a Co. Antrim farmer lose all of his winter straw supply, as reported by farminguk.com.
The farmer, James Alexander, has a huge financial burden on his shoulders, after the fire damaged equipment as well as taking out his entire straw supplies. The farmer, from Toomebridge in Co. Antrim, predicts that the fire may have cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The fire broke out on November 5th at approximately 8:30 in the evening. The blaze grew quickly and it wasn’t long before it took to a farm building and destroyed anything it touched. Emergency fire services were called to the scene, and it took workers over 20 hours to control the blaze and extinguish it.
“Firefighters dealt with a fire involving straw in a shed approximately 70 metres in length and 60 metres in breadth. It was well alight on arrival.” said a spokesperson for the NI Fire and Rescue Service.
“Firefighters assisted a farmer in removing livestock from the shed. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the incident was dealt with at 6.51pm on the Monday (6th November)” they added.
The PSNI say the cause of the fire is under investigation and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.