Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service reveal that large fire in the Moorlands is believed to have been deliberate

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has said the cause of the large scale fire at a farm in in the Moorlands recently is believed to have been deliberate.

The service was called to Basford Bridge Farm in Cheddleton at 8.32pm on Tuesday, October 30, after reports of a large scale fire in one of the agricultural buildings.

At the height of the incident eight crews were in attendance and had to split the area into three sectors in order to tackle the fire, which involved a 40 metre by 30 metre building full of hay. They used several main jets and a high volume pump to put out the flames whilst machinery was used to remove some of the straw. The firefighters, with the help of the occupier, continued to remove the hay and damp down hot spots through to Thursday, November 1.

Following a fire investigation the incident is being treated as deliberate and the fire service is liaising with Staffordshire Police.

Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper said: “We believe this incident was caused deliberately which is extremely worrying and disappointing. Fortunately no one was hurt during the fire and no animals on the site were injured either.”

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