Van seriously damaged by fire at Etchingham farmyard

A quick-thinking farmer prevented a potentially major fire by moving a burning vehicle away from dozens of bales of hay.

The aftermath of a van fire at an Etchingham farmyard. Picture courtesy of Burwash Fire Station. SUS-160708-152113001
The aftermath of a van fire at an Etchingham farmyard. Picture courtesy of Burwash Fire Station. SUS-160708-152113001

Retained firefighters from Burwash Fire Station were called to Lunsden Farm in High Street, Etchingham, just before 6pm yesterday (Saturday, August 6).

A van had caught fire on the premises, close to an area where around 60 bales of hay were being stored.

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Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze, which caused serious damage to the van.

The aftermath of a van fire at an Etchingham farmyard. Picture courtesy of Burwash Fire Station. SUS-160708-152050001

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze started accidentally.

Firefighters were stood down at 6.25pm.

Pictures courtesy of Burwash Fire Station.

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The aftermath of a van fire at an Etchingham farmyard. Picture courtesy of Burwash Fire Station. SUS-160708-152102001

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The aftermath of a van fire at an Etchingham farmyard. Picture courtesy of Burwash Fire Station. SUS-160708-152102001