Crews from Royston, Baldock, Cambridge and more tackle farm fire

PUBLISHED: 13:51 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 16 July 2018

Multiple fire crews attended the scene of a fire around a tanker in North Hall Farm in Flint Cross. Picture: Rachael Broom / Royston fire station

Multiple fire crews attended the scene of a fire around a tanker in North Hall Farm in Flint Cross. Picture: Rachael Broom / Royston fire station

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A large fire, originally thought to be from a chemical tanker, was dealt with at a farm near Flint Cross by multiple crews on Friday.

Multiple fire crews attended the scene of a fire around a tanker in North Hall Farm in Flint Cross. Picture: Rachael Broom / Royston fire station  Multiple fire crews attended the scene of a fire around a tanker in North Hall Farm in Flint Cross. Picture: Rachael Broom / Royston fire station

Watch commander Rachael Broom was the officer in charge of the operation at North Hall Farm in Barley Road, where a well-developed fire had taken hold by about 10.30am.

She told the Crow: “We were initially called to an oil tanker on fire – this was not the case. It was actually the bunded area around a tank of liquid fertilizer that had caught light affecting a nearby barn and tree line.”

Rachael quickly got crews from Baldock & Letchworth, Cambridge and Gamlingay to the scene, along with the south roaming fire engine and two crews from Huntingdon.

She said: “Due to the severity of the fire and remote location I asked for additional appliances to be dispatched to the incident.

“We also had Cambridgeshire’s hazardous materials officer on scene, and the Environment Agency.

“A blanket of foam was used very successfully to smother and extinguish the fire.”

Crews returned to their stations by 5.30pm, and Rachael said investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

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