Fire service called to barn fire that ignited 400 tonnes of straw

Firefighters were called to a barn fire in Anstey on Tuesday, August 29th which saw approximately 400 tonnes of straw catch fire.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service received an emergency call just after 9.30pm to a barn fire located between Cropston and Anstey.

An appliance from Birstall Station, one appliance from Central Station and another from Western Station were sent to the scene.

A fire fogging unit from Coalville Station also attended.

A spokesperson reported that the fire service supervised approximately 400 tonnes of straw as it burnt out and one hose reel jet was used to dampen down the surrounding area and hot spots.

The Echo contacted the service today and was told: “We received a message to say firefighters from Western Station are still in attendance at 10.41am this morning.

“They’re still working on it and raking through.

“It is believed to have been deliberate ignition.”