Fire rages at farm building

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A BLAZE raged for more than two hours at an abandoned farm-building on the border of Hucknall and Linby on Tuesday night.

The fire took hold at the former Wakefields Piggery on a dirt track off Hayden Lane, near to its junction with Church Lane, shortly after 6 pm.

Flames destroyed the single-storey red-brick building, which measured 30 metres by 20 metres.

An investigation has been launched into whether the fire was an arson attack. But the exact cause has yet to be established.

Watch manager Martin Grice, of Stockhill fire station in Basford, said: “The building was severely damaged. Thankfully there are no houses nearby.

“Although it was a big fire, there was no threat to life.”

Firefighters spent two hours putting out the flames and a further hour damping down. They also had to take precautions in case the building’s roof contained asbestos.

Coun Bob Brothwell, chairman of Linby Parish Council, surveyed the damage on Wednesday morning.

The fire singed the grass around the building for a distance of up to 50 metres in one direction and also damaged an old tree.

“It used to be a good, solid brick building but there is just a shell standing there now,” said Coun Brothwell. “We’ve had problems in the past with people congregating up there late at night.”