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Vigilance needed after major blaze

Created on 16/11/2011 @ 15:33


NFU Cymru has called on Montgomeryshire farmers to be vigilant following the massive fire at Upper Stockton Farm between Forden and Marton at the weekend.
More than 50 firefighters from Welshpool, Montgomery and Shropshire spent three hours to tackle the huge barn blaze which destroyed 500 tonnes of hay and machinery on Friday night.
NFU Cymru Montgomeryshire Group Secretary Steve Kenyon said: “What happened on Friday night is a stark reminder of the dangers farming can bring. It’s very difficult on the farm to take time out of our busy day to check all our buildings for signs of fire. One of our members said not long ago that each night, before coming in for supper, he would just have a walk around each building to check that all was in order. This is good advice to follow. We do need vigilance.”
Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly after 9pm and returned to station shortly after midnight.
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