Firefighters tackle large straw stack blazes in Guist and Dereham

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Firefighters were kept busy throughout the night after more than 700 tonnes of straw caught fire in two separate locations.

Firefighters were kept busy throughout the night after more than 700 tonnes of straw caught fire in two separate locations.

Crews were first called to Guist, near Fakenham, shortly after 9.30pm on Thursday when a 250 tonne straw stack went up in flames.

Two appliances and a water carrier from Fakenham attended the scene on farmland off Bridge Road.

Crews used hose reel jets and hand appliances to control the fire and protect the surrounding area.

Less than two hours later at 11pm, 500 tones of straw caught fire near to the B1147 in Swanton Morley, near Dereham.

A fire service spokesman said appliances from Dereham and Fakenham attended, but were forced to allow it to burn in a controlled manner.

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