Early in the morning of September 18 at 5:02 a.m., the alarm center received a report that a column of smoke and flames could be seen in the village of Hälvat in Lääneranna municipality.
Arriving rescuers found two burning haystacks in front, with cars parked nearby. The 30×15-meter-sized barns were engulfed in flames, and the nearby silo rolls also caught fire. First, the rescuers started to protect the cars and the not-yet-burning bales of silage from catching fire, and then extinguished the bales of hay as well.
Since hay bales need to be shaken up and rinsed to extinguish any sparks, extinguishing operations take a lot of time and resources. At the moment, professional rescuers from Haapsalu, Lihula, Märjamaa, Pärnu and Risti and volunteer rescuers from Halinga, Laukna, Koonga, Kõmsi and Vana-Vigala are involved. Rescue operations are currently ongoing and the cause of the fire is currently unknown.
On September 16 at 18:52, rescuers removed a tree that had fallen onto the road in Sviby, Vorms.
Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.
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