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Pilot spots Dorset farm fire from the air

  • 7-26-2015

A pilot alerted fire crews to a fire after spotting plumes of smoke from 3,000ft (914m) in the air in Dorset.

His message was relayed via Bournemouth Airport and crews were sent to three barns which were "well alight" between Compton Valence and Winterbourne Abbas on Thursday.

Overhead power cables were isolated and police put in road closures as crews tackled the flames.

More than 40 firefighters were used to get the fire under control.

"There was an amount of hay bales, diesel and hydraulic fluid stored within the buildings involved," said Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

The cause of the fire is being investigated but it is thought to have been started accidentally.

Two of the farm buildings and their contents were completely destroyed.

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