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Explosion heard as large fire engulfs barn at The White House Farm, in Gisleham, near Lowestoft





A resident has spoken of hearing an explosion after flames engulfed a village barn.

Gisleham Road and Church Road, in Gisleham, near Lowestoft, have been closed after fire broke out at The White House Farm at around 8.15am.

Residents have been advised to avoid the area and keep their windows closed due to the large amount of smoke.

A resident has spoken of hearing an explosion as The White House barn, in Gisleham, was engulfed in flames. Picture: Lynne Fulcher
A resident has spoken of hearing an explosion as The White House barn, in Gisleham, was engulfed in flames. Picture: Lynne Fulcher

Five fire crews tackled the blaze, which is now under control.

One neighbour said: “I was outside putting bird seed out when I heard a horrendous explosion.

“I had no idea what was happening and more explosions were going off.

Five fire crews have been called to a barn fire. Picture: Vinny Terry
Five fire crews have been called to a barn fire. Picture: Vinny Terry

“The black smoke was instantly filling the whole skyline.

“I immediately called the manager’s wife at the farm and she told me her husband was safe as were all the staff. I was just so relieved everyone was okay.

“I started to hear the fire engines in the distance so I put a post on Facebook to reassure the community that everyone was safe and to avoid the area as explosions were still going off.”

The barn contains farm machinery including tractors and fuel.

There are no reported injuries.

Fire crews are still at the scene.