Passer-by raises Lubenham barn fire alarm

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A passer-by raised the alarm to a big fire between two barns at a south Leicestershire farm at the weekend.

The fire broke out in a large wood stack between barns at Lubenham Lodge Farm, Laughton Road, Lubenham at around 4pm on Saturday.

The farm is managed by Maurice Thompson, a former High Sheriff of Leicestershire, and Vivian Thompson.

“A passer-by saw the fire from the road and drove up to the farm - which is away from the road - to tell us; a very helpful lady,” said Mrs Thompson.

“The fire service was very good and managed to save both barns.We’ve absolutely no idea what caused the fire.”

The fire service said two pumps from Harborough, one pump from Wigston and a water carrier from Lutterworth attended the blaze - around 15 firefighters altogether.

Tony Bishop, watch manager at Market Harborough Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The call was taken at 4.22pm and the service attended the blaze for about four hours.

“There were lots of felled trees, etc, in between two barns, and one end of the stack was well alight.

“My main priority was to protect a massive fertiliser tank, and prevent that from catching fire.

“We also saved both barns and some of the hay - with the help of the farmer’s tractor.”

The firefighters used about 22,000 litres of water to contain the fire, “hitting it from both sides,” said Mr Bishop.

About half of the wood was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze. Mr Bishop confirmed that the cause of the fire was still unknown.