A FIRE at a farm barn in an East Staffordshire village was deliberate – say fire service officials. The fire broke out at a building on a farm off Quee Lane in Marchington, near Uttoxeter, in the early hours of Sunday morning. An investigation later on in the day has revealed that the fire had been caused deliberately.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue said: “We were called to the incident at 1.10am on Sunday, June 23.
“Appliances from Uttoxeter and Tutbury attended and were then assisted by an appliance from Longton and a water carrier from Cheadle.
“The building on fire was situated down a farm track off Quee Lane.
“There was one building on fire and one main jet was used to tackle the fire.
“Two further farm buildings, which were not on fire, were dampened down with two hose reel jets to prevent the fire from spreading.
“Crews were damping down hotspots located by a thermal imaging camera by 4am, and the last appliance was clear at 4.48am.”
The spokesman added that an inspection was carried out by midday on Sunday.
They said: “The inspection found that it was a deliberate ignition, and all buildings had since been secured.
“The devastation was clear to see and we urge our rural communities to ensure that remote farm buildings are kept secure.”
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