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Ex-Fireman Calls For More Water Hydrants After Farm Fire Kills Livestock

Thursday September 5 2013




AN ex-fireman has called for more water hydrants to be installed in a rural community after livestock was killed during a farm fire.

Ged Parker, 57, said the blaze, near Crow Edge, continued for two days but could have been tackled much quicker had crews arrived earlier and had enough water to carry out the job.

Firefighters, including ones from Penistone and West Yorkshire, battled the flames at Martin Nest Farm, on Grime Lane, in which animals, believed to be pigs, died.

Mr Parker, a neighbour of the farm, said: "It's the fifth big fire in this area and every time they've not been able to cope.

"They just took too long getting here and when they get here they haven't got enough water.

"It's just not good enough. They need to do something about a water supply up here. They've got to put some hydrants in where there is some pressure."

Mr Parker, of Upper Maythorn Lane, said water had to be pumped from Broadstone Reservoir, just under a mile away, to deal with the fire. He is considering installing a water tank close to his home to deal with any further incidents.

Peter Turner, who runs the farm, declined to comment on the incident.

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