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Liversedge brothers named as heroes of Dewsbury barn blaze

Teenagers saved horses trapped in blazing barn at Beckside Farm

Barn fire heroes Kyle (left) and Jake Rigg
Barn fire heroes Kyle (left) and Jake Rigg

Two brothers have emerged as heroes of a Dewsbury barn fire.

Teenagers Kyle and Jake Rigg, of Liversedge, shepherded terrified horses to safety after spotting a barn on fire as they made their way home.

The horses, owned by farmer Ian Storey, were terrified but unhurt.

The brothers were walking along the Spen Valley Greenway back to their home in Littletown on Saturday, March 29, when they saw a group of youths running away.

The boys then saw smoke coming from a barn at nearby Beckside Farm.

Mr Storey said his horses narrowly escaped certain death, when the barn went up in flames.

He said the five animals were unhurt but badly frightened.


The brothers’ mother, Mrs Susan Rigg, said: “There were reports that whoever started the fire must have let the horses out.

“My sons ironically go to fire safety lessons at Huddersfield Fire Station each Wednesday.

“They managed to get one of the barn doors open and helped shoo the animals out. When they came home, Kyle had no shirt on and he said he’d thrown it away because it was stinking of smoke”.

Kyle, 16, goes to Spen Valley High School and Jake, 15, goes to Whitcliffe Mount High School.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that a youth had been interviewed in relation to the fire but said inquiries are continuing.

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