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UPDATE: Farm fire with 100 tonnes of hay alight - latest news

Thursday 9th August 2018

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large barn fire near Maidstone.

Around 100 tonnes of baled hay was alight and 70 tonnes has been desrtroyed.

Farm machinery is now being used to drag bales of the winter fodder away from the open Dutch-style building.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has been on site since yesterday morning.

A statement from KFRS said: "Update at 10:40 on August 9: Kent Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to deal with a fire inside a large barn in The Street, Stockbury.

"Due to the nature of the incident, which initially involved approximately 100 tonnes of baled hay alight, now reduced to around 30 tonnes, this is a long job.

"Two fire engines are now at the scene for manpower and farm machinery is being used to drag the hay out of the barn. Two hose reel jets are being used to extinguish the blaze.

"Properties in the surrounding area are still advised to keep windows and doors closed due to smoke." .