Fire at Willows Farm in London Colney in suspected arson incident

Firefighters attend a blaze at Willows Farm after a stack of hay bales were set alight.

Firefighters attend a blaze at Willows Farm after a stack of hay bales were set alight. - Credit: Archant

Suspected arsonists set fire to an activity farm in London Colney in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

Fire engines were sent to Willows Farm on Coursers Road at about 12.15am after a pile of hay bales were set alight.

Another engine from St Albans fire station was sent today at about 9am to prevent the fire from spreading.

No person or animal has been injured in the fire and all animals have been moved to safety.

A Herts Police spokeswoman said they are appealing for witnesses as they are treating the incident as arson. .

The farm was entered from two entrances, via Willows Road off Coursers Road and via Lowbell Lane, by means unknown.

A spokeswoman from Willows Farm said: “Thankfully no one was hurt and all the animals were moved and are safe and well, however the fire has damaged all straw and hay stored for the winter feeding of animals.

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“No buildings or facilities have been affected and Willows Activity Farm continues to operate as normal and is open for visitors.

“The police are studying CCTV footage as part of their ongoing investigations into the cause of the fire. Anyone with information that could help the police with their enquiries should contact them directly.

“We thank our customers for their concern and their ongoing support.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Herts Police on the non-emergency number 101.

The incident is ongoing. Photos to come.

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