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Fire Causes Massive Damage To Haslingden Farm House

By Kevin Burke
30th July, 2014

A huge fire in Haslingden may have spread due to an electrical emergency.

The Lancashire Telegraph reports that the blaze, at Spout House Farm, began in the early hours of Saturday July 26th, and when the emergency services arrived at the scene at 04:20, the inferno had already taken hold.

Five fire crews spent nearly six hours tackling the flames, which are believed to have begun in an outbuilding before spreading to a caravan and house.

The farm house - a building from the 1600s, which has since been converted - did not have easy access to water, so four fire crews needed to supply Watch Manager Shaun Naughton's team with additional assistance.

Fortunately, nobody was injured as a result of the fire, as the occupants of the premises were not inside when the emergency services arrived. Because of the hard work of firefighters, other nearby properties escaped unscathed, although the farm house was badly damaged, with smoke affecting many of its rooms and the fire tearing through its roof. The outbuilding and caravan were also severely damaged.

Mr Naughton explained that there was an electrical intake box above the outbuilding, and when this was set alight, the flames spread to an oil tank that was nearby.

The seriousness of the situation was exacerbated by the presence of empty gas cylinders in the outbuilding, he added, asking people to get rid of any of these cylinders rather than store them in outbuildings and garages.

Describing empty gas cylinders as "dangerous to the public" and "dangerous to us", Mr Naughton said these items "should not be kept".

To protect yourself from electrical home emergencies, take out a home emergency cover policy with 247 Home Rescue.

 

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