Update - ‘hero’ boy saves pigs from farm fire

A fifteen-year-old risked his life to save a herd of pigs when a fire raged through a farm in South Hiendley.

Teenager Joe Hague saw the flames at his home farm and bravely fought his way through the blaze to rescue five pigs which were locked in a metal shed.

Thursday 12/07/13 Fire at Musgrave Farm, South Hiendley. More than 30 firefighters were involved in fighting the blazing bales of hay and paper during the early hours of the morning.'Pictured: Joe Haigh who rescued some of the farms pigs as the blaze took hold.'h301k330

Thursday 12/07/13 Fire at Musgrave Farm, South Hiendley. More than 30 firefighters were involved in fighting the blazing bales of hay and paper during the early hours of the morning.'Pictured: Joe Haigh who rescued some of the farms pigs as the blaze took hold.'h301k330

The fire at Old Musgrave Farm started at around 6pm last Thursday.

It took crews almost 24 hours to tackle the blaze which engulfed the farm on Main Street.

Joe said: “I saw the flames and rang the fire brigade straight away and then broke into the shed and rescued the pigs. I wasn’t scared I just wanted to make sure they got out okay.”

The Hemsworth Arts and Community College pupil lives on the farm with his grandparents.

His grandma, Georgina Coles, said: “He is a hero. We are so proud of him for what he has done.”

He was taken to Barnsley Hospital and was treated for smoke inhalation.

None of the animals on the farm were hurt.

Mrs Coles, who has lived at the farm for 30 years, feared the fire would spread to the farm.

She said: “My daughter lives really close and she called me to tell me the farm was on fire. I was in the house and had no idea. From then it was just panic. The flames were really near to the house and I was so worried it might set on fire.”

Several of her daughter’s dogs were on the farm as well as a herd of pigs.

Mrs Coles said “I feel devastated. This is the first time anything like this has happened. I’m still really shook up.”

She said they were not insured for all the damage caused to the sheds, and machinery.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

A 14-year-old boy was arrested and questioned in relation to the fire and was later released on bail.

Investigations are still being carried out by police and the fire service.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111