Barn is razed to ground in arson inferno at farm

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A BARN was burned to the ground in the second arson attack at a farm in less than a year.

Police are searching for two men who were seen walking away from the fire at Hazelton Farm, off Havant Road, Horndean.

Around 50 tons of baled hay and straw went up in flames at a barn there.

Two fire engines from Waterlooville and Horndean went to put out the blaze.

Pete Boyd, watch manager at Horndean fire station, said: ‘When we got there, there was 50 tons of hay well alight.

‘Unfortunately it was 100 per cent well alight and there was nothing we could do. We had to treat it as controlled burning.’

He said it was the fourth time the barn had had a fire and the second time it had burned down in 12 months.

‘It’s an isolated barn so access by the public is easy,’ he added.

The fire was started between 1.30pm and 2pm last Sunday, but police have only just released details.

PC Robert Bramble, from Waterlooville police, said: ‘Two men were seen to walk away from the area prior to the barn burning down.

‘We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen these men, or anyone who has any information about how this fire was started.’

Call police on 101 if you can help.