An investigation is underway after a fire ripped through a barn in a suspected arson attack.

Police are probing the incident at Broomhall Farm in Ushaw Moor at about 9.50pm on Sunday (June 2).

It is believed the barn was set alight by a suspected arsonist.

Pictures show the building being devastated by the fire with thick smoke rising over the area.

Thankfully, no people or animals were injured in the incident, and the flames were brought under control by fire crews.

A spokesperson for Durham Police said: “Police are appealing for information following a suspected arson at a farm in Ushaw Moor.

“The incident took place at around 9.50pm on Sunday, June 2, at Broomhall Farm.

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“A brick barn is believed to have been set alight, and the fire was brought under control by colleagues from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

“Nobody was injured during the incident.

“Officers investigating the fire are appealing for anybody with any relevant to contact Durham Police via 101, quoting incident number 472 of June 2.”