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Ten calves killed in suspected arson attacks

 

A farm in the West Midlands has fallen victim to two suspected arson attacks in less than 24 hours.



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10 calves were killed in the blaze on Sunday evening
10 calves were killed in the blaze on Sunday evening

Ten calves were killed in a barn fire in Halesowen, West Midlands on Sunday evening (August 14).

 

The fire at White House Farm on Lutley Lane was the first of what was to become two suspected arson attacks at the same address in 24 hours.

 

Fire crews were called to the farm at 9:14pm on Sunday, August 14 following a 999 call.

 

Animal fatalities

 


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A spokesman from West Midlands Fire Service said: "Five fire engines were sent to the address after reports of a severe fire.

 

"The flames had affected a large quantity of hay and a barn.

 

"Unfortunately 10 calves died at the scene, and a further 100 cattle and 12 horses were unaffected."

 

West Midlands Police said members of the public had detained a 51-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy at the scene, who were subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson.

 

Second fire

 

Less than 24-hours later, fire crews received another call from the same address with reports of a barn fully engulfed in flames.

 

West Midlands Fire Service said: "We were called at 7:59pm on Monday August 15 from the same farm in Halesowen.

 

"We sent six fire engines and while crews have been reduced over night, there are still crews there now [at 2:30pm, Tuesday August 16].

 

"The barn was fully on fire with fire crews helping to rescue animals and move them to a different field."

 

Arson

 

A spokesman from West Midlands Police said: "No-one was injured in the blaze which is currently being treated as arson.

 

"The two men, aged 51 and 16, arrested in connection with the fire on Sunday evening were released on police bail sometime after the second fire was reported."

 

An update on the West Midlands Fire Service Facebook account at 4:10pm on Tuesday (August 16) stated the fire on Monday (August 15) was no longer being treated as suspicious.

 

 

Photo: West Midlands Fire Twitter

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