Picture Gallery: Firefighters at Petworth barn blaze

SIX fire crews worked through the night to put out a blaze which ripped through a thatched barn.

Shortly before 1am on Sunday (September 21), firefighters were called to the scene at farm land off Blackhouse Lane in Petworth after a 10mx6m storage barn caught fire.

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The Petworth barn fire SUS-140923-135601001

The entire thatched roof was damaged by heat, fire and smoke.

The fire service said the blaze was accidental.

Two crews from Midhurst were joined by crews from Petworth, Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Bognor.

Guests at a wedding nearby on the site have praised the work of the emergency services.

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The Petworth barn fire SUS-140923-135440001

One wedding guest said: “The fire took off very fast due to the thatched roof.

“Fortunately no people, animals or much equipment were inside as in a matter of minutes the whole place was ablaze, with flames well over 20ft into the air.

“But no-one was hurt and although the barn is destroyed and will need rebuilding, it did not spread on to the main house or any of the adjoining buildings thanks to the great work of the fire crews.

“The venue was hosting the wedding that had been great fun.

“The fire brigade were on the scene within a matter of minutes of being called which was very impressive, and once they did their thing, along with the police who were all amazing and very professional, the guests even managed to get back to the party and continue to celebrate!

“Putting it out did involve pumping all the water from all five fire trucks, the foam from a special truck, and the water from the swimming pool and lake attached to the house. So there were some pretty unimpressed ducks by the end of it all!”

Crews made the scene safe by 6am.