Dorset

Fire crews tackle 200-tonne hay and straw fire at Swanage barn

Belle Vue Farm, Swanage Image copyright Purbeck Police
Image caption About 200 tonnes of hay and straw perished in the blaze

A large blaze has engulfed a barn in Dorset and destroyed 200 tonnes of hay and straw.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has spent the night tackling the fire on Belle Vue Farm on the outskirts of Swanage.

Some farm machinery was also destroyed in the fire which broke out at about 17:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Residents were asked to keep their doors and windows shut overnight because of smoke.

The cause is being investigated by the fire service and Dorset Police. The force said there was no suggestion the blaze was started deliberately.

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