Detectives call for information about farm blaze which killed 100 cattle (From The Advertiser Series)
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Detectives call for information about farm blaze which killed 100 cattle
DETECTIVES are stepping up their investigation into a horrific farm fire in which 100 cattle died and thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused.
Police say the cause of the blaze at Low Park Farm, Snape, near Bedale, is still unexplained.
Forensic teams from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have been examining the debris of the buildings but so far have been unable to find out how the fire started.
Police are now planning to appeal to local residents and neighbouring farms for help.
A spokeswoman said: “Police and fire investigators continue to investigate the barn fire at Snape which remains unexplained at this time.
"Officers will be delivering leaflets later in the week in a direct appeal to residents for any information about the fire.
"Even the smallest piece of information could help the investigation and we urge anyone who thinks they can be of assistance to contact the police.”
At its height six fire engines were involved in fighting the blaze as crews battled to stop it spreading to the farmhouse and other buildings.
Crews from Bedale, Northallerton and Masham called in assistance from Knaresborough and Boroughbridge and two water bowsers were brought to the scene.
The alarm was raised at about 4.20am on Tuesday, September 3, when the fire in a barn was well underway.
Of 100 cattle in the barn, ten were killed in the blaze with the others being put down by a vet because they were so badly injured and suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Four thousand bales of straw and 1,000 tons of silage were also destroyed.
The owners of the farm declined to comment.
The blaze is the 13th major farm fire in North Yorkshire this year, including a series of arson attacks, one at Appleton Wiske, near Northallerton in February, and further ones at Brompton on Swale and near Croft in June, which are still being investigated by police.
Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to call 101 and ask for Northallerton CID. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.
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