Norfolk farmer sees 200-tonne straw stack go up in flames
A farmer saw 200 tonnes of his straw catch fire in Burgh-next-Aylsham this evening.
Two fire engines were called to the blaze at The Street shortly after 8pm in a stack near to the road.
The straw was to be used by farmer Kit Papworth as animal bedding.
Mr Papworth, managing director of LF Papworth Ltd, said: 'This fire is a waste of resources for the fire and rescue service and very disappointing for us to lose 200 tonnes of bedding in such a way. 'Our thanks go to all of those who helped raise the alarm and attend what became a very large fire.'
The fire comes at a time when rural crime is on the rise in Norfolk with a recent spate of thefts of equipment from farms.
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No property was at risk from the blaze but fire fighters were concerned about overhead power cables catching fire.
However the wind meant the flames were blown in the opposite direction.
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Villagers came out of their homes to watch the drama unfold with one woman saying her ponies in a nearby field had been spooked by the flames.
A Norfolk fire service spokesman said crews from Aylsham and Wroxham attended.
The spokesman said one fire engine from Aylsham will remain at the scene throughout the night on a 'watch and brief'.
Burgh-next-Aylsham is located south east of Aylsham and is within the Broadland district