Time of Incident: 19/09/2021 - 01:39
Location: Hall Lane, Darnhall, near Winsford.
Attendance: Eight fire engine attended from Winsford, Chester, Tarporley, Northwich, Middlewich, Nantwich, Crewe and Holmes Chapel. Along with an Aerial Platform froom Chester.
At around 1.40am firefighters from Winsford, Chester and Tarporley were dispatched to reports of a fire in an outbuilding on Hall Lane in Darnhall.
On arrival the crews found two steel frames barn measuring around 20 metres by 100 metres which were both well alight. Each building is believed to contain around 180 tonnes of hay.
An additional five pumps from Northwich, Middlewich, Nantwich, Crewe and Holmes Chapel were called to the scene along with an aerial Platform from Chester.
Firefighters have split the building into sectors and are using hose reel jets to tackle the fire.
The crews are also helping to evacuate a number of animals from nearby barns and outbuilding.
Firefighters are expected to remain in attendance at the scene for several hours and residents living nearby are advised to keep their windows and doors closed.
There are no reports of any injuries at the current time.
Crews have been working hard throughout the night to tackle the fire and prevent it from spreading to any adjacent buildings.
Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, have been using hose reel jets and main jets to help extinguish the fire.
They have also used thermal imaging cameras to monitor the temperature of the fire and nearby buildings.
Crews have helped the landowner to move approximately 400 animals to safety.
The incident has now been reduced to two fire engines, and crews from Alsager and Audlem remain in attendance at the scene.
Firefighters are expected to remain in attendance at the scene for several hours.
Firefighters have been present at the scene throughout the day.
The crews have been using hose reel jets and ground monitors to dampen down and a thermal imaging camera to monitor the temperature of the straw.
A digger has also been used to removed all of the straw from the barn.
Firefighters have cleared one of the barns so far and are now in the process of emptying the second.
Crews expect to remain in attendance at the incident throughout the night.
Update 8.30am on 20 September
Fire engines were reduced to one pump overnight and ground monitors were placed around the affected areas which crews kept watch.
The crew used handeld water branches to damp down the affected area and used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots.
Once it was light, crews continued with digging out the area and they continued to damp down the hay that was removed from the barns.