FIREFIGHTERS are allowing a huge barn fire to burn out in Wick.

Between 70 and 100 tonnes of hay went up in flames at a Dutch barn in Barrow Hill in the early hours of this morning.

Two fire crews, from Speedwell and Kingswood, were called to the scene at 1.24am. They made the decision to allow a controlled burn of the hay as there is no risk to anyone nearby and firefighters currently remain on the scene.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Stephanie Mounsey said: “On arrival firefighters found a Dutch barn and between 70 and 100 tonnes of hay well alight.

“As there was no risk to life and no other buildings or animals close by, firefighters are allowing the hay to burn in a controlled manner.”

No-one has been hurt in the fire. The fire service has so far received more than 40 calls about the blaze.