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Firefighters from Newbury and Hungerford attend Wash Water barn blaze with Hampshire units

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More than 35 firefighters battled a blaze at barns in Wash Water this morning (Friday).

Crews from Newbury and Hungerford fire stations joined units from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS), attending the scene at 2.56am and evacuating buildings around the barns - located just north of the Oakley Farm caravan site.

Among those present were units from Tadley, Andover, Basingstoke, Overton and Sutton Scotney.

Firefighters tackle the fire (credit: Tadley Fire Station).
Firefighters tackle the fire (credit: Tadley Fire Station).

As of 11am, there are two fire engines and a specialist water carrier still present at the site of the blaze.

These are damping down the scene to prevent any future reignition of the fire.

The blaze is believed to have been triggered by an electrical fault in one of the buildings.

A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Basingstoke RDS.

A spokesperson for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said: "HIWFRS crews from Tadley, Sutton Scotney, Basingstoke and Overton were joined by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters to tackle a blaze affecting a number of barns in Wash Water near Newbury.

"More than 35 firefighters were on the scene at 2:56 this morning, working to evacuate buildings adjacent to the barns which were full of hay and well alight upon arrival.

"A specialist water carrier from Andover was also mobilised to the hamlet on the Hampshire-Berkshire border.

"Winchester, Whitchurch and Alton crews were on the scene this morning, taking over firefighting duties from the firefighters who were first on the scene.

"The incident has been scaled down with only a few crews remaining on the scene to fully extinguish the fire."

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