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Huge blaze destroys barn at farm near Inverness

barn fire near Alturlie Point Image copyright Sfrs
Image caption The fire broke out on Monday afternoon

Firefighters have tackled a major barn fire containing 3,500 bales of hay and straw on a farm near Inverness.

About 30 firefighters were called to battle the blaze at Redhill Farm at Alturlie, which started at 15:11 on Monday.

Two farm workers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Flames and smoke could be seen from the nearby A96 until late at night.

Firefighters were still at the scene on Tuesday morning dampening down hot spots in the ruins of the destroyed building.

The barn contained bales of hay, straw and farm machinery.

Image copyright SFRS
Image caption The barn contained thousands of bales of hay and straw
Image caption Flames and smoke could still be seen until late on Monday night

Three appliances from Inverness were sent to the scene along with a water carrier on Monday.

SFRS group manager John MacDonald the crews were faced with a "well developed fire".

He said: "The priority for crews was to secure a reliable water supply as it was evident a large amount of water was going to be required to extinguish this fire.

"Firefighters located a pond nearby and set portable pumps into the water. They were then able to run lines of hose to supply the appliances on the fire ground.

"Crews used two main jets to tackle the fire."

Farm workers used farm machinery to spread the bales out to make it easier for the crews to put out flames.

Mr MacDonald said: "The operation continued throughout the night and crews are still at the scene dampening down. They are likely to remain there for much of the day today."

He added: "Firefighters showed great determination and commitment during what was a protracted incident. We would also like to thank police and Scottish Ambulance Service for their support and farm personnel for their assistance."

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