Arson suspected after two fires set at a Kempston farm

Bell Farm after two fires were put out by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue PNL-150713-124531001
Bell Farm after two fires were put out by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue PNL-150713-124531001

Two fires which broke out at a farm in Kempston are being treated as arson by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The first call to Bell Farm, Kempston, was made at 7.55pm on Friday (July 10) which crews from Kempston Community Fire Station attended with two fire engines and a water carrier.

Bell Farm after two fires were put out by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue PNL-150713-124519001

Bell Farm after two fires were put out by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue PNL-150713-124519001

When they arrived a few minutes later they found a small fire alight in a barn out-building and used back packs and buckets of water to extinguish it. They left the scene at 8.11pm.

Bedfordshire’s Fire Control then received another call at 10.55pm about another fire at the farm.

Fire engines were sent from Kempston and Bedford together with the Toddington water carrier.

When they arrived at 11pm, they found the two-storey farm building, approximately 10m x 5m in size, was now alight.

They called for assistance and fire engines were sent to the scene from Sandy and Shefford.

Using two water jets they soon had the fire under control and fire crews stayed at the scene for several hours as the fire burned itself out.

The incident was closed at 1.47am early Saturday morning.

Both incidents are being treated as arson and being investigated.

Station Commander Andy Draper said: “These fires have seriously damaged the building which is now mostly burnt out.

“We are undertaking a fire investigation to find out who set these fires as it is clear both fires were started deliberately.

“We have taken preventative measures to minimise the ability of someone to start further fires and security on the site is also being stepped up.”