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Fire crews work through the night at straw stack blaze near Dereham

12:44 04 August 2014

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

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A dozen fire crews from across Norfolk have been working through the night to bring a huge straw fire under control near Dereham.

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The fire at Etling Green was reported at 11.13pm last night in a stack of 600 bales of straw on a concrete pad on the B1147 towards North Tuddenham.

Crews from Dereham, Earlham, Reepham, Fakenham, Watton, Hingham, Wymondham, Sheringham, North Walsham and Mundesley, and a water carrier from Hethersett worked for almost eight hours to bring the fire under control and damping down. They called it to a close just before 8am this morning.

One eye witness, Alex Horne, posted on social media that he had “never seen a blaze so large” while GazTheMedic tweeted “you can smell the burning over Dereham”.

The police and ambulance service were also called but were not required. The fire service is investigating the cause.

Also during the night crews from Kings Lynn, Sandringham, Swaffham and the water carrier from Hethersett dealt with a fire in a stack of 400 tonnes of straw and woodland at Massingham Heath in Great Massingham. They were called just before 2am and the fire was out by 4am.

* Did you witness either fire? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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