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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Fire destroys 300 tonnes of hay and farming equipment

Firefighters attended the scene of a large fire that broke out on a farm in Somerset late last night (Friday, February 19th).

Some 300 tonnes of hay and farm equipment were destroyed by the fire, according to a spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

In a statement, the spokesperson said: “Fire control have received multiple calls reporting a barn on fire. Currently, crews are on scene from Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington as well as the water carrier from Bridgwater dealing with this incident.”

The spokesperson provided a further update just before midnight last night.

“6 fire engines are now in attendance at this fire with the additional fire engines coming from Wellington, Ilminster and Bridgwater as well as the incident support unit from Yeovil and a 4 by 4 vehicle.”

The fire service provided an update at 7am this morning (Saturday, February 20th): “The incident is now under control and appliances have been scaled back.”

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“This was an agricultural building which contained 300 tonnes of hay and farm equipment. The barn and contents were 100% destroyed by fire.”

“Crews extinguished the fire using 2 breathing apparatus, 1 hose reel jet, 1 covering jet, 1 CAFS branch and a thermal imaging camera. A crew remain on scene for monitoring at this time. These are the full and final details.” the spokesperson concluded.

Taunton Fire Station, farm fire in Somerset, shed on fire
Image credit: Taunton Fire Station
Tractor fire

Meanwhile, firefighters brought a tractor fire under control in Colyton, in the UK earlier this month.

Units from Colyton joined forces with colleagues from the Honiton division to tackle the blaze which occurred on a farm.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Colyton Fire Station said: “The crew from Colyton joined up with the Honiton team to deal with an agricultural vehicle on fire in Farway.

“They quickly got it under control using both tanks of water from the fire engines.”

The spokesperson added: “Due to isolated locations and narrow access routes, rural fires can take us a while to get to. Always dial 999 as soon as you can to get us on our way and keep away from the fire.”

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