FIREFIGHTERS have left the scene of a hay barn fire in County Durham after tackling the blaze for over 17 hours.
At its height, the fire in the Shadforth barn, used to store 300 tonnes of baled hay, was being tackled by 19 firefighters.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service’s Environmental Protection Unit were also called to the fire which broke out at 1pm on Monday.
Fire crews left shortly after 6am on Tusday but will return throughout Tuesday morning to keep an eye on the scene.
Equipment, including positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans and jets were used to extinguish teh fire in the bulding, said to be “well alight”.