Barn fire threatens dog kennels

Howsmoor Lane, Emersons Green

Firefighters have tackled a fire which caused extensive damage to a barn.

Crews from Kingswood and Yate were first on the scene and found the 50m x 40m structure well alight.

The fire is thought to have involved around 500 tonnes of hay and straw, as well as a tractor, bailer, digger and a car which were all being stored in the barn. Smoke from the fire could be seen for some distance, including the M4 motorway.

Firefighters set up unmanned hose jets to tackle the fire in an effort to prevent it from spreading to other farm buildings. Among the structures under threat was a nearby kennel which was home to 12 dogs. Firefighters were successful in containing the fire to the barn and regular welfare checks of the animals ensured they were unaffected by the blaze.

Due to the remote location a hose laying vehicle was brought in, allowing crews to continue fighting the fire using water from some distance away.

Supporting appliances from Hicks Gate, Patchway, Southmead and Avonmouth attended the scene during the night. By the morning the fire service attendance had been reduced to one fire engine, with a presence retained at the scene throughout the day.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.