Packington Farm Hit By Barn Fire - Local Residents Told To Keep Doors And Windows Shut

By Graham Hill

11th Oct 2020 | Local News

A fire broke out in a barn at a Packington farm on Saturday evening - with police advising residents to keep windows and doors shut due to drifting smoke.

And police say enquiries are continuing as to the cause of the blaze.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Spring Lane with police and fire crews attending from several towns in the county.

Leicestershire Police issued a statement at the time which read: "Emergency services are currently dealing with a barn fire on Spring Lane Packington.

"We are advising residents of Packington to keep doors and windows closed due to drifting smoke.

"Updates will follow as they become available."

A further police statement was issued today (Sunday): We were called at around 9.20pm yesterday (Saturday 10 October) by a member of the public reporting a fire in a barn in Spring Lane, Packington.

"Officers and the fire service attended the scene.

"No livestock were injured.

:Enquiries are continuing to determine the cause of the fire."

Spring Lane was closed to traffic but the blaze could clearly be seen from the village and the road to Normanton.

The barn was believed to be at Hill Farm in Packington with social media reports suggesting it was a hay and straw farm that had caught fire and that as many as five fire engines were on the scene.

Another social media message said that all animals at the farm were safe.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 9.17pm by the police to a report of a large barn on fire in Spring Lane, Packington.

"When we arrived the barn was well alight.

"Livestock were moved to a safe place.

"The cause of the fire has not yet been established."

The farm's website says: "Hill Farm has been in the Sumnall family for over 75 years and has passed through two generations.

"Andrew, the current owner is now farming in a new era, and the farm now finds itself enveloped in the heart of the National Forest.

"Originally the farmhouse was situated in the nearby village of Packington, where eight Shire horses were used to carry out all farming tasks before the invention of tractors.

"The farm itself is almost completely self-sufficient, with a borehole which collects underground water from a spring, and provides the farm with clean drinking water, and a solar farm which not only provides the farm with the electricity it needs but also send the excess back to the grid for use at certain times of the day.

"These additions to the farm, as well as the acres of woodland planted, now mean that the farm is almost completely carbon neutral.

"Andrew and his wife Janice hope that the changes made now secure the farm's future for many years and generations to come."


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