Firefighters battle Kelso farm straw bale blaze overnight

Firefighters this afternoon kept watch on the burnt out barn at Cessford Farm, near Morebattle, Kelso

Firefighters this afternoon kept watch on the burnt out barn at Cessford Farm, near Morebattle, Kelso

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Fire fighters with a pumping appliance remain at the scene of a straw bale fire near Kelso today.

Officers from 14 crews battled overnight to bring the blaze in 75 tonnes of straw at Cessford Farm, Morebattle, under control.

The service was called out to the fire by farmer David Thomson shortly before quarter to one this morning.

The fire and rescue services said the single storey building containing the bailed straw was already well alight when the first crews were mobilised.

Officers from Kelso, Galashiels, Livingston, Jedburgh, Lauder, Hawick and Coldstream fire stations attended when three pumping appliances were used.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus, supported by improvised ground monitors and by crews dedicated to providing a continuous water supply, worked in shifts throughout the night to bring the fire under control.

A spokesperson for the service said “It was quite a large fire. There were two high pressure hose reels and a hose reel jet used. There is one pumping appliance there now. The fire is still alight but it’s under control and we are watching it.”

The building’s asbestos roof meant crews had to take additional precautions, said the service.

There were no casualties.