Blaze destroys barn

Grange of Conon Farm, Arbroath suffers the loss of two barns after a fire on Tuesday night.
Grange of Conon Farm, Arbroath suffers the loss of two barns after a fire on Tuesday night.

Tragedy hit a farm in Arbroath on Tuesday night as a fire ravaged two barns destroying the contents and structure.

Firefighters tackled the blaze at Grange of Conon Farm after responding to the 9.30pm call.

Witness Mick Walton spotted the plumes of smoke and quickly drove to the site to see if he could offer any assistance.

He said: “We live in Redford and I saw the black smoke rising from what I thought was a neighbouring farm.

“As we drove towards it, it became apparent it was coming from the Grange of Conon Farm.

“We offered assistance but by this time there was nothing to be done. We left when the fire brigade arrived. It was a very sad sight.

“The father of the farmer was there and seemed to be in shock.”

One of the barns, a grain store and the other housing farm machinery were gutted by the blaze.

“I was told the thick black smoke resulted from an insulation polymer that had been sprayed on the inside of the building,” added Mick.

“It is all gone and is such an extremely sad occurence.”

Two main jets extinguished the fire and a thermal imaging camera was also in use to identify other heat sources.

A spokesperson from the fire crew said: “Two sheds were on fire when we arrived.The crew identified an oxy propane tank but it did not show signs of any heat. An investigation is underway.”