24 hours to tackle major hayshed blaze

Fire engine close to the scene of the hay shed fire at Derryvaren Road INTT3113-600OC
Fire engine close to the scene of the hay shed fire at Derryvaren Road INTT3113-600OC

A BLAZE at a hayshed in the Coalisland area took just over 24 hours to bring under control, a local Fire Chief has told the Tyrone Times.

There were 500 tightly packed bales of hay and farming machinery inside the premises at Derryvarren Road, when the fire - the cause of which is still under investigation - broke out at around 8.30am on Thursday.

Fire crews from Dungannon, Pomeroy and Portadown attended the scene, according to the NIFRS Officer in Charge, Mark Watson.

“When a fire of such a dense mass takes hold, it is extremely difficult to bring under control”, explained Mr Watson, who paid tribute to the work of local fire crews.

Mr Watson said the hayshed was completely destroyed, but firefighters managed to save two nearby sheds and farming machinery, as well as a diesel tank.