England

Goring Heath 'severe' farm blaze extinguished

Goring Heath farm fire Image copyright OFRS
Image caption The blaze took hold in agricultural buildings at Mount Pleasant Farm

A large fire that spread "thick acrid smoke" across Oxfordshire and Berkshire has been extinguished.

The blaze took hold in agricultural buildings at Mount Pleasant Farm in Goring Heath on Saturday morning.

Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue drenched the fire using eight fire engines.

They said the smoke had settled in residential areas and breathing had not been "pleasant".

Residents were advised to remain inside and shut windows and doors.

Crews from Goring, Didcot and Reading remained at the site throughout the day. No people or animals were hurt as a result of the fire.

Image copyright OFRS
Image caption Residents were advised to remain inside and shut windows and doors because of thick smoke

An investigation into the cause is under way, but it is thought to have started in a barn and originated from an industrial generator, which then set fire to a forklift.

Group manager Jason Crapper, from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, attended the blaze and called it "very severe".

"Although it has caused considerable damage, the nearby buildings were protected which has saved both the buildings and the valuable plant and machinery they house," he said.

Image copyright SCAS Hart
Image caption A large operation involving several fire services was set in motion
Image copyright SCAS HART
Image caption Crews from Goring, Didcot and Reading remained at the site throughout the day

A spokesman added: "The first firefighters on the scene were met with a rapidly spreading fire which included a large tank of heating oil, and further fire engines were therefore sent along with water carriers from as far as Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to try to stop the fire from spreading further.

"Firefighters used a number of water jets from around the buildings to stop the fire spreading whilst also putting in place measures to protect local watercourses from the water run off which included oils from the fire."

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites