Barn blaze could be arson

INVESTIGATIONS into two devastating barns fires are continuing today after a car was spotted fleeing from one of the blazes.After being woken by what he first though were fireworks coming from his dad's barn at Flowton Brook Farm, Elmsett Road, Flowton, 17-year-old Robin Cousins saw a car quickly reserving away and realised the barn was actually on fire.

INVESTIGATIONS into two devastating barns fires are continuing today after a car was spotted fleeing from one of the blazes.

After being woken by what he first though were fireworks coming from his dad's barn at Flowton Brook Farm, Elmsett Road, Flowton, 17-year-old Robin Cousins saw a car quickly reserving away and realised the barn was actually on fire.

His dad, John, said he thought the flames which ripped though his Dutch barn at around 2.50am on Saturday, destroying two cars, a Rolls Royce and a Rover, a tractor and around £6,000 worth of straw, must have been started by arsonists.

Suffolk police and Suffolk fire and rescue service are still trying to establish the cause of the fire as well as the cause of another barn fire at Hall Farm in Church Lane, Copdock, which started at around 7pm on Friday.

Mr Cousins, who owns Flowton Brook pig and arable farm, said: “It seems it has to be arson. There's no electricity in the building and it's quite ridiculous for a fire to start at three in the morning.

“It all happened really quickly and by the time I came downstairs the whole barn was ablaze. It burnt so quickly because it was full of straw.

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“Straw seems to attract arsonists.”

However Mr Cousins, 59, was keen to look on the bright side despite more than half his barn being ravaged by the flames.

None of his children, 21-year-old Edwards, 12-year-old Amelia and Robin, were hurt and the fire did not spread to his house which is only around 20 metres from the fire.

He added: “I managed to save my Land Rover which has a lot of memories for me and has been in the family since 1972.

“And it could have been much worse if the wind had been blowing the other way because I would have been devastated if the house had been burnt.”

An investigation is also continuing at the farmyard barn in Copdock where more than 30 firefighters put out the flames in the steal-clad barn which was completely destroyed as a result.

Harry Brown, the farm's owner, and his wife and daughter, were not at home when the fire started, but the family dog, Daisy, was so frightened by the carnage that she fled to Copdock's village hall.

Mike Moir, who alerted the fire service to the flames tearing through the farm, said: “I saw fire from my house and I could hear noises outside.

“I went outside and saw the blaze and rang the firefighters.”

Weblink: www.suffolk.gov.uk/PolicingAndPublicSafety/FireAndRescueServices

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