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800 tonnes of hay catch light in Warninglid barn fire
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- Fire fighters were called to barn fire in Warninglid just before 7pm last night.
- More than 800 tonnes of hay caught light.
- Crews are still tackling the blaze this morning.
12:36pm Mon 22 Oct 12
No joke I'm afraid. I live opposite the farm where the barn is. When it started we thought that a firework or ammo store had gone off. The explosion sounds lasted a few minutes. Since then we have been inundated with smoke; even now after 19 hours it is still burning and shedding black dust onto our cars. Smells terrible. Cause apparently spontaneous combustion!
Fire crews have now left the scene with the farmer.
A spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said that the cause of the fire had not yet been established.
She added: "About 80% of the hay has been destroyed.
"The incident has now been left with the farmer to continue to burn out over the next 24 hours.
"There is npo confirmed cause of the fire yet, that means we are keeping an open mind as to whether it was arson.
" It will be looked into by our fire investigators."
A spokeswoman for East sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called to a barn fire in Slaugham Lane, Warninglid at 5.45pm yesterday.
"The barn and 800 tones of hay were on fire.
"Six pumps were in attandanceand crews are still at the scene."