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Residents warned to keep windows shut.
5:20am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS were asked to shut their windows following the possibility of asbestos burning in a barn fire near Langton Matravers yesterday.
More than 30 firefighters attended the blaze on Verney Farm, off Priests Way, at around 10.25am yesterday, which saw around 150 tonnes of straw and hay burn up in the open-sided barn.
Crews from Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Westbourne fire stations were on the scene to tackle the fire, with some sent to warn neighbouring homes to shut the windows and doors, as the barn's roof may contain asbestos.
Firefighters worked through the night at the scene and the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Sean Frampton,temporary group manager from Poole fire station, said: “The barn has an old-style asbestos-type roof, so we advised residents to keep their doors and windows closed, and to stay indoors, if possible, to reduce the chance of smoke getting into their homes.
“The barn was filled with straw and hay, which was being stored ready for the winter.“We worked to protect the other barns, one of which contains a number of cattle, and another building which contains the milking parlour.
“We also worked to dampen down the area, to reduce the risk of the fire spreading.”
Bob Clyde, owner of Langton Matravers Village Store and Post Office, said: “The fire service came round to the shop, to ask us to shut any windows and doors due to the smoke coming from the fire.
"They also assured us that we weren't at any danger of the fire, but asked if we could pass the message onto customers who came into the shop.
”Firefighters allowed the fire to burn out under their supervision, in the barn, which measured around 15 metres by 30 metres in size.
"At the time of going to press, an investigation was being carried out by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire."
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