Two farmers suffered burns trying to rescue a horse and livestock from a huge barn fire in Halifax.

Sadly the horse and a number of animals perished in the blaze which broke out at Moor End Road, Mount Tabor at 10.15am today (Thursday).

West Yorkshire Fire Service told the fire spread extremely quickly as it was fuelled by hay and also housed a number of gas canisters and farm machinery.

The barn was completely alight when Community Response Operatives (due to the industrial action by the FBU) arrived to the scene.

Huge blaze broke out at the barn at Moor End Road at 10.30am
 

Both farmers suffered burns to their hands whilst making attempts to tackle the fire and one of them also suffered burns to his forehead.

The total loss of livestock was 12 calves, seven pigs and a number of chickens perished.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Fortunately no people were seriously injured and we were able to prevent this rapidly spreading fire from involving the nearby farmhouse.

“Sadly a number of animals, housed inside part of the barn, have perished as a result of the fire, which took hold quickly.”

ACO Walton added: “This incident occurred during strike hours, however, we arrived at the scene within nine minutes which is in line with our expectations for a rural, low risk area.

“There were limited water supplies due to the isolated location of the farm which made this a challenging incident.”

The fire was brought under control by noon and two engines remained at the scene throughout the afternoon and are expected to stay there overnight.

Blaze claimed the lives of a horse and livestock

Due to the nature of the fire it will burn out under supervision.

Contingency crews which were based at Huddersfield, Illingworth, Mytholmroyd, Halifax, and Odsal fire stations attended.

Firefighters from across Kirklees joined the national FBU strike and walked out between 11am and 7pm today in a bitter dispute over pensions.

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