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West Dorset fire crews tackle farm blazes
5:30pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
FIREFIGHTERS have battled two blazes at farms in west Dorset.
They were called to a tractor fire at Baglake Farm at 6.10pm last Wednesday and a blaze in the yard at Higher Hogleaze Farm, near Compton Valence, on Friday night.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said it is thought internal combustion in the stored haylage may have sparked the blaze in the yard at Higher Hogleaze Farm.
Crews spent a few hours battling the blaze before it was handed over to Chris Roberts and his team from Hogleaze Haylage to allow it to burn out under control.
About 30 tonnes of haylage, a forage made for horses from grass, equivalent to about 80 bales, plus a hay baler were destroyed in the blaze.
A Massey Ferguson 135 tractor and hay was destroyed when the barn caught fire at Baglake Farm in Litton Cheney.
The blaze apparently started under the tractor and owner Robin Barbour said their amateur efforts failed to contain the blaze.
He said: “The fire brigade reckon it was electrical fault on the tractor.
“It was such a useful tractor for so many things and they are difficult to replace and can cost between £3,000 and £6,000.”