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Asbestos is released in barn fire

A large barn has been destroyed in a fire in Bedfordshire.

The Environment Agency is also investigating after a diesel tank spilt fuel and asbestos was released.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the farm at Colesden in the late evening on Tuesday and worked through the night.

A crew remains at the scene as the building continues to smoulder. Flames spread to areas containing wooden logs, pallets and gas cylinders.

Firefighters from Bedfordshire were supported by a crew from St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

A spokeswoman said: "The Environment Agency has been involved to examine fuel which has leaked from the oil tank and to consider the implications of asbestos which reportedly is part of the barn building fabric.

"It is not uncommon for asbestos to be found in old buildings. It becomes hazardous when airborne such as when heated in a fire," she said.

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