into Brean farm blaze identifies 'internal combustion' as cause
cause of a big fire which left thousands of pounds of damage at
a Brean farm earlier this month has been identified.
Richard Bigwood, the owner of Brean Farm in Brean Down Road, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com that 'internal combustion' in the barn has been
blamed for the blaze.
first reported here,
six fire crews from across the area were called to fight the blaze
and bring it under control over three days.
cause has been confirmed as internal combustion - it's the first
fire I've had caused by this, but other local barn fires have started
this way," said Richard.
caused by heat building up inside wet hay a few weeks after baling."
added: "It was a huge blaze that destoyed 650 hay bales and
100 tonnes of our silage - all our winter cattle feed - but it
could've been a lot worse if it had happened at night when the cattle
and nearby caravans could have been lost."
very grateful to all those who helped to move the cattle and caravans,
plus the fire crews for their work, and all those who have offered
woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation during the
fire which broke out on Friday August 4th in a large barn, measuring
100m x 50m.
engines from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar, Bridgwater, Nether Stowey,
Glastonbury, Wells and Wiveliscombe were sent to the blaze.
incident continued overnight into Sunday August 6th, with crews
dampening down hotspots and allowing the straw in the barn to burn
out under controlled circumstances.
helped to move caravans and animals to safety in the initial stages
of the incident.
from nearby Channel View caravan park, beach wardens and staff from
Warren Farm rushed to Brean Farm to help move the cows, tractors
from adjoining barns, and a large number of caravans from the caravan
added: "A safe area was created to make a fire break so the
flames didn't spread."
Contributed photos of the farm blaze in Brean; and drone footage
of the fire from the skies above the site (Ben Warren)