Bales go up in smoke in Tipperary barn blaze

A hay barn went up in flames in Co. Tipperary late last week, according to Tipperary Fire and Rescue.

On Thursday evening, August 30, a hay shed went on fire in the north of the county, with Thurles Fire Brigade called in to tend to the matter.

According to Tipperary Fire and Rescue’s Facebook page, the Thurles brigade was later joined by crews from Templemore Fire Service to assist in managing the barn blaze.

It is understood that roughly 100 bales of hay and straw were destroyed in the inferno.

Speaking to AgriLand on the matter, a spokesperson from Tipperary Fire and Rescue said that the Thurles crew had received the call at between 3:30pm and 4:00pm on Thursday.

The Thurles brigade spent between 10 and 12 hours battling the blaze, while the team was backed up by Templemore crews for about two hours.

Image source: Tipperary Fire and Rescue Facebook page

This was the third significant fire to break out in Co. Tipperary in the space of five days.

3 fires in 5 days

The previous Saturday morning (August 25), the Carrick-on-Suir fire brigade was called to the scene of a shed fire. The fire is understood to have been brought under control with the support of units from both Cahir and Clonmel.

A statement on the Tipperary Fire and Rescue Facebook page explained that members of the Waterford Fire Service based in Portlaw, Co. Waterford, then arrived on the scene and took over the incident.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at a commercial premises in Clonmel the following day (Sunday, August 26).

Fire brigade units from Clonmel, Cahir and Carrick-on-Suir were called upon to deal with the incident, which was described as “a very large commercial fire“.

The incident occurred in the old meat factory in Clonmel.