A fire in a barn in the Avon area that was holding 100 tonnes of hay and machinery is thought to have been deliberately started.

Nine Avon fire crews were needed to fight the barn fire which is thought to have been deliberately set.

The barn on Barrow Lane in Winford was holding 100 tonnes of hay, a spinner and a tractor.

At 3pm on Saturday, 9 July crews from Bedminster, Temple, Chew Magna, Hicks Gate, Southmead, Nailsea, Portishead, Avonmouth and Kingswood were called to reports of the fire.

On arrival, they found the barn storing 100 tonnes of hay well alight - and also in the barn was a fertilising spinner and a tractor.

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Crews used two high pressure hose reels, two 45mm covering jets and four positive pressure ventilation fans to promote an aggressive burn and encourage the fire to stop burning.

Using a high pressure hose reel, crews damped down the surrounding area to prevent the fire spreading, a technique called boundary cooling.

Police officers were also on the scene and they surmise that the fire was caused by deliberate ignition.