Fire at farm near Melton expected to burn for two more days
A fire which has destroyed three barns and several outbuildings on a farm near Melton is expected to continue burning for another two days.
The blaze broke out at Aylesford's Farm, Shoby, on Thursday.
Firefighters were still at the scene last night, more than 36 hours after 2,000 tonnes of straw and hay bales first caught light.
Crews spent Thursday night battling the flames to prevent them spreading to a store housing 15 tonnes of combustible ammonium nitrate fertiliser.
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At the height of the blaze, more than 35 firefighters were battling the flames, including a specialist hazardous materials team.
Crew manager Paul Sherwin, from Melton Fire Station, was the first to arrive at the farm, at about 5.30pm on Thursday, and led the firefighting operation.
"You could see the smoke and flames for some distance," he said. "We were faced with three barns and several outbuildings containing straw and hay which were well alight. We managed to save a 4x4 vehicle and tractor, but t he big danger was a separate building housing 15 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. We had to train a jet on the large barn to create a firebreak to prevent it spreading while the fertiliser was removed. With hay fires on this scale all you can do is stop it from spreading and let it burn out.
"All that's left now is a pile of burning hay which will go on burning for another two days.
"The main thing is no-one was hurt."
A section of the A6006 was closed by police in both directions, close to the Shoby village turn-off, and was reopened at 8.20am yesterday.
The cause of the blaze will not be known until fire investigators can safely assess the damage.