Firefighters tackle 1,000-tonne Norfolk straw stack fire


Firefighters are tonight at the scene of a 1,000-tonne straw stack fire on a farm near a West Norfolk village.

The blaze in Oxborough, between Swaffham and Downham Market was reported at 10pm, and crews from Swaffham and Methwold were sent to attend.

When they arrived at the field close to Gooderstone Common, they discovered 1,000 tonnes of straw ablaze.

A fire service spokesman said the fire did not pose an immediate risk to the public and would be left to burn in a controlled manner, probably through the weekend.

She said crews had made contact with the farmer who owned the land and were waiting for him to arrive at the scene.

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

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