Warning for farmers following barn fire in Northamptonshire

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Firefighters were called to a blaze at a barn in Northamptonshire at the weekend.

Fire crews and police attended the bar fire at a farm in Chase Park Road in Yardley Hastings.

Officers are investigating to establish the cause of the fire which happened sometime between 4 and 4.30pm on Saturday (August 15).

Northamptonshire Police have urged farms to consider the following advice to protect their farms:

• Ensure hay is fully cured before baling.

• Bale and store each bale type at the correct moisture level.

• Store hay in a number of different locations around your farm, away from key assets. Limit the size of stacks to reduce the risk of losing all of your hay.

• Do not store vehicles, machinery and equipment in your hayshed.

• Be careful when operating vehicles, machinery and equipment near your haystacks.

• Create and maintain breaks around your haystacks.

• Regularly monitor stored hay for signs of heating.

• It only takes one heating hay bale to ignite a whole haystack.

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.