VIDEO: ‘High hazard asbestos’ warning after Forest Town barn blaze

Roads were closed and nearby residents urged to keep windows and doors closed after a barn containing ‘high hazard asbestos’ went up in flames.

Numerous crews were called to tackle the blaze on Newlands Farm at Forest Town on Tuesday morning shortly after 6am.

Such was the intensity of the fire that Clipstone Road East and Crown Farm 
Way were closed for several hours.

The converted barn, which was used to store agricultural equipment, measured 60m x 40m and contained potentially explosive tanks, including oxygen, LPG and acetylene, which the crews and specialist teams were able to 

Along with cylinders, there were also agricultural vehicles, cars and diesel tanks in the single-storey building.

It was also reported that there was potentially dangerous asbestos in the roof of the building that was left gutted by the flames.

Nottinghamshire Fire Service’s group manager, Bryn Coleman, said: “We arrived at approximately 6.30am and there was a severe fire in progress.

“We adopted a defensive firefighting operation, which means we were at a safe distance away and applied water until it was safe to get into the industrial premises.”