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Asbestos fear over barn fire
12:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A BARN and its contents are on fire at Langton Matravers.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed there are around 30 firefighters at the scene of the fire on Verney Farm, off Priests Way, in between Langton Matravers and Swanage.
The firefighters have come from Swanage, Wareham and Westbourne Fire Stations and they are using two specialist appliances.
Firefighters are allowing the fire to burn out under their supervision. They are also protecting nearby properties with the use of hose reel jets.
Residents have been told to keep their doors and windows shut as smoke may contain asbestos.
Fire crews from Swanage and Wareham were called to the scene at 10.25am.
Dorset Fire and Rescue said the blaze involves an open-sided barn containing 150 tonnes of straw.
At 4.30pm today Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire is still ongoing, and relief crews have been brought in to cover firefighters who have been out at the incident.
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