Knapp Farm barn fire

On the night of 16th/17th September 1989 fire broke out at a barn at Knapp Farm. It was soon a raging inferno.

Knapp Farm barn ablaze on the night of 16/17th September 1989

Knapp Farm barn ablaze on the night of 16/17th September 1989

Our curator, who lived on the opposite side of the village, recalls not just the sight of this fire, but also the noise. The roof was made of non-flammable asbestos sheeting. It may not actually burn but it makes very loud cracking noises as it breaks up.

The picture makes it clear that the open sided barn was a complete and utter write off. Anybody hoping to use the contents was doomed to disappointment.

When the dust had settled not much remained.

 

Barn fire aftermath

Barn fire aftermath

It is such a shame these things happen – or rather, are made to happen either by carelessness or deliberately. The knock on effect of the loss of winter feed for animals can make the difference between financial survival or not for a farmer and may mean that animals with potentially a long term future have to be slaughtered.

Other barns at the farm survived the fire undamaged, but they changed as the economics of life changed and are now dwellings called White Horse Barns.

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