Blaze wrecks 100 hay bales

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A FIRE which tore through 100 bales of hay in a farm’s field is being treated as arson.

Firefighters from Rainton Bridge Fire Station were called to Great Eppleton Farm, off Downs Pit Lane in Hetton, at 6pm today after the blaze was spotted.

The crew called on the farmer to use a tractor and equipment to pull apart the stack of bales and allow them to then put out the fire.

The team spend two and a half hours on the site, with the cause of the fire being classed as malicious.