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Farm building gutted in Walton barn blaze
3:40pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS battled to prevent an inferno at a farm spreading to stored gas canisters.
The blaze broke out just before 3pm on Wednesday August 28 at barns off Old Hall Lane in Walton.
A man was reportedly spotted running from a building engulfed un flames.
Paramedics confirmed one person was taken to Colchester General Hospital with minor injuries.
A bomb disposal team was called in after the owner confirmed deactivated shells were stored in the barn.
Some nearby residents were evacuated from their homes and a 300 metre hazard zone was set up around the site.
At least four crews were sent out to the incident along with a hazardous area response team, paramedics, police and coastguards.
Bystander Alastair Kendall said: "The whole area was cordoned off. There are five silos and two big barns, and one barn was completely in flames.
"A huge amount of smoke was billowing out and it looked totally gutted. It looked like the roof of another building was in cinders as well.
"The buildingd were just engulfed.
"The scene was amazing, very dramatic."
Farm owner david Eagle said: "I haven't been able to get close enough to see the damage.
"I'm not sure exactly what barn it is, but it looks like the fire has not reached the main barn."
The blaze was mostly put out by around 5pm, but crews remained on scene to monitor the situation.