Mid Wales

Sheep and lambs die in Aberaeron barn blaze

A fire engine was gutted by the fire
Image caption A fire engine was gutted by the fire at a farm near Llanarth

Nine sheep and eight lambs have died in a barn blaze that also destroyed a fire engine.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire at a farm in Llanarth near Aberaeron, Ceredigion.

The alarm was raise at 2022 BST on Tuesday and, at its height, about 40 firefighters tackled the blaze that spread to three diesel tanks.

One tank broke, causing burning fuel to spill onto the farmyard, engulfing one fire appliance.

The barn contained large quantities of hay, livestock and general farm equipment.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters saved two of the tanks, but due to the severity of the fire one ruptured causing approximately 750 litres of burning fuel to spill onto the farmyard."

"Due to the swift actions of the firefighters no one was injured and firefighters continued to fight the blaze in the barn preventing further spread to nearby properties and farm equipment," they added.

"This incident is under investigation to determine the cause of the fire."

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said crews from New Quay, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn and Aberystwyth were involved, with specialist vehicles from Llanelli and Tumble.

The fire service said the blaze was under control at 0122 BST.

Dyfed-Powys Police said its officers were involved in diverting traffic away from the area.

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