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'Suspicious' barn fire in Scottish Borders

The fire happened at a farm near Earlston. Credit: ITV Border

A barn fire at a farm in the Scottish Borders is being treated as suspicious by police.

It happened between 6:15pm and 7:15pm on yesterday, near Purveshaugh Farm on the B6397, close to Earlston.

Police and fire services were called and the blaze was brought under control.

No people or livestock were harmed but substantial damage has been caused to the barn, including the roof collapsing.

This has been a substantial fire in an area that contains livestock and is well used by agricultural workers.

We believe the fire to be suspicious and are asking for the public’s help in tracing those responsible.

I would ask that anyone was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to please get in touch as soon as possible by contacting Police Scotland on 101.

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens of Melrose Police Station
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