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LATEST: Fire rips through barn on Bexton Lane
A FIRE that ripped through a barn on the edge of Knutsford narrowly avoided destroying a succesful dairy business thanks to the work of the town’s firefighters.
Firefighters from Knutsford, Wilmslow, Northwich, Holmes Chapel, Congleton, Winsford and Crewe were all at the scene of the huge blaze, which began in a barn on Bexton Lane at 8.40am on Sunday, September 2.
The barn, measuring 50metre by 50 metres, was located next to Delamere Dairy, which exports goats milk products around the globe and has products for sale in major supermarkets, including Tesco and Co-operative.
The fire had spread to hay stored in an adjacent area and the crews worked on all four sides of the barn using hose reel jets. Crews also worked to stop the fire from spreading to an adjacent cornfield.
Hose reels had to be stretched all the way down Bexton Lane towards the Bexton Primary School, where the nearest hydrant is located.
Eyewitnesses said the smoke could be seen as far away as Holmes Chapel and town residents reported smoke in the air when they awoke on Monday morning – a full 24 hours after the fire began.
For more pictures from the fire site pick up this week's Guardian, out on Wednesday