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Cattle die in farm blaze
POLICE are investigating the cause of a farm blaze which caused the death of 101 cattle.
North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have launched a joint investigation into the fire, which swept through two barns near the village of Snape, near Bedale, North Yorkshire.
Fire fighters were called to the blaze, at Low Park Farm in Salmon Lane, at about 4.20am on Tuesday (September 3).
Five fire engines and a water bowser were needed to bring the blaze under control.
It left the two barns totally destroyed, along with 4,000 bales of straw and 1,000 tonnes of silage.
Crews stopped the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings including the farmhouse and other livestock sheds.
But news that dozens of cattle died in the fire was only released today (Thursday, September 5). It is believed most of the animals had to be destroyed by a vet following the fire.
Police say the cause remains unexplained and are appealing for information. Forensics experts have conducted examinations at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
Inspector Geoff Crocker of Bedale police, said: “We must stress that the cause of the fire remains unexplained at this time.
“To assist the investigation, we are appealing for anyone who has any information which could help officers establish how it happened, to please get in touch.”
The blaze is the 13th major farm fire in North Yorkshire this year, which includes a series of arson attacks on barns causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Anyone who can help police with their investigation should contact them on 101 and pass information to Northallerton CID. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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