Firefighters worked all night at Quothquan blaze

Three fire tenders were sent to Quothquan blaze
Three fire tenders were sent to Quothquan blaze
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A farmer was able to get livestock safely out of a shed and on to open ground when a massive blaze broke out at Eastertown Farm, Quothquan, near Biggar late last night (Wednesday).

Firefighters worked through the night to bring a blaze at a farm building under control.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Biggar and Lanark were sent to the incident in Quothquan following a 999 call made at 10:45pm on Wednesday.

The first responders arrived to find a well-developed fire in a single-storey building measuring approximately 50m x 20m and another appliance was sent from Lanark a short time later to assist firefighting operations.

Watch Manager Craig Langford, the incident commander, said: “The fire involved a large number of hay bales as well as farm machinery.

“Our crews attacked it using four jets and they successfully contained it to within one section of the building.

“The farmer was able to evacuate around 35 livestock to safety before assisting us in the removal of equipment and around 150 bales of hay, which allowed firefighters better access.”

Crews worked through the night and a single crew is currently continuing dampening down operations this morning, while specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit are liaising with police and will attend to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.