Updated: Firefighters battle to contain barn fire at Sheffield Park


Thirty-five firefighters from East and West Sussex spent Tuesday afternoon (September 16) battling to contain a blaze which partially destroyed a large farm building in Sheffield Park.

Crews were called to the scene at 12.55pm.

Uckfield and Barcombe crews were joined by crews from Forest Row, Lewes, Crowborough and Haywards Heath as the fire threatened to spread to adjacent buildings.

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews used ground monitors, jets and firefighting foam to extinguish the fire with water supplied by Uckfield’s Bulk Water Carrier and pumping from a nearby stream.

“The wooden framed building measuring 40metres by 20metres contained a variety of farm machinery and timber products. An adjacent diesel tank ruptured during the incident causing a running fuel fire that threatened to enter the stream.

“The Environment Agency attended to advise on controlling run off from the incident and to ensure that the water course was protected as it is a feed to Barcombe reservoir.

“Two crews remained at the scene during the evening to damp down remaining hotspots.

“Nobody was injured during the incident and the cause is under investigation.”