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Lucky escape; Shed fire causes thousands of pounds worth of damage but farmer Robbie just glad flames didn't hit his home BLAZE DRAMA AT LOCHMAILING FARM.

Byline: JACKIE GRANT

A blaze ripped through a hay shed on Friday night causing "tens of thousands of pounds" worth of damage.

Robbie Dick's 13-yearold son Gavin spotted smoke billowing from their shed at Lochmailing Farm near Auldgirth around 8.45pm.

Gavin alerted his dad, who called the fire service before running into the building to rescue one of two baling machines.

The 53-year-old couldn't get back in for the other as the fire had taken hold and he had to look on as the shed containing the baler, 100 tonnes of hay, four tonnes of straw and fertiliser burned to the ground.

Despite the devastation, he said the family were "very, very lucky" as the blaze failed to reach their house just eight feet from the flames.

Mr Dick, left, told the Standard: "The shed and the house are practically corner to corner ,so I don't know how it didn't spread.

It could have been a whole lot worse.

"When sheets of the roof TURN TO PAGE 5 Lucky escape FROM PAGE 1 started coming off, they landed in the garden and missed the house.

"It all happened very quickly. The damage runs into tens of thousands of pounds but none of the family and none of the animals were hurt.

"The hay just spontaneously caught fire. It's obviously not something you want to happen, but my son spotted it straight away and the fire service were great.

"They ran out of water and had to reel the hose to a pond at the end of the road.

"It's not a nice experience, but the main thing is that everyone is okay."

The hay had been stored in preparation for the coming winter and would have fed Mr Dick's stock for three or four months.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they received a number of calls about the blaze from around 8.42pm.

Four fire engines from Dumfries, Thornhill and Lockerbie as well as relief crews from Dumfries attended the scene.

He said they left the farm around 3.15am on Saturday after making sure the area was safe.

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Date:Sep 10, 2019
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