Car driven into straw stack causing blaze near Chatteris

The straw stack fire caused after a car was driven into bales. Picture: Cambridgeshire police

The straw stack fire caused after a car was driven into bales. Picture: Cambridgeshire police - Credit: Archant

Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a 400-tonne straw stack in the Fens.

They say officers were called after a vehicle was driven into the bales in a field near Chatteris and set alight this morning. Bedding worth £17,000 was destroyed in the blaze.

The fire is the second blaze to be caused by a car being driven into a stack within a few weeks in north Cambridgeshire.

On Monday, September 25, a large pile of bales next to the A142 at Mepal was set alight after what was described as a 'small car' was driven into them. The fire burned for 12 hours.

Firefighters say farmers should not build stacks near roads or public footpaths. They also recommend building a number of smaller stacks, to reduce the risk of losing an entire year's crop in the event of an arson attack.


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Farmers are also advised to avoid stacking bales near buildings with livestock inside so if a fire starts animals are not endangered.

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