The owners of a Whitchurch farm that was involved in a fire at the weekend have said they are 'devastated' by the incident.

Firefighters raced to J Lea & Son Steele Farm on Sunday (May 28) afternoon following reports of a barn fire.

The building was destroyed by the blaze.

They took to social media on Bank Holiday Monday to confirm their farm was involved.

But they also confirmed no livestock were hurt in the incident.


The statement on Facebook said: “We are sad to announce that the reported local barn fire yesterday was ourselves.

“We are all devastated by this but we can report that we are all safe and well and that all the animals on the farm are all happy and well and have been temporarily re-housed until it is safe for them to come home.

“As soon as the building is safe and secure for us to re-open we will be back up and running.

“We thank you all for all your well wishes and offer of help.”

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was called out to the blaze which took hold at around 1.30pm.

The incident command unit, the incident support unit, the light pumping unit and the water carrier were all mobilised from stations across north and central Shropshire.

This included firefighters from Baschurch, Bridgnorth, Hodnet, Market Drayton, Shrewsbury, Telford and Whitchurch.

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The fire has also called for operations, hazmat and safety officers to be in attendance to oversee the operation to bring the fire of a barn measuring 80 by 50 metres.

It took four hours for crews, using breathing apparatus and a hosereel jet, to extinguish the blaze.

Western Power was also in attendance at the incident.