Stack fire destroys 500 tonnes of straw near Burnham Market

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Firefighters kept a watching brief on a blaze which engulfed a straw stack today.

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The pile, which was still being built, caught alight this afternoon.

Contractors baling straw after the harvest at Beacon Hill, near Burnham Market, raised the alarm when they saw smoke across the fields just before 2.30pm.

Crews from Wells and Fakenham were sent to the scene. Incident commander watch manager Doug Kelly, from Wells, said: 'The guys were building the stack as it happened, they saw it in the distance. It'll burn down quite quickly because it's new but we'll remain on the scene.'

Watch manager Gary Thorpe, from Fakenham, added: 'We're going to keep a watching brief to make sure it doesn't spread to neighbouring fields of standing crops. We're likely to be here for some time.'

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop

The straw stack fire at Burnham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant


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Tenant farmer John Stilgoe said the cause of the fire was unknown.

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