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Firefighters battle field fire in Twinstead caused by overheated combine harvester

Fire crews battled a blaze in a 40 acre field in Twinstead today Picture ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Fire crews battled a blaze in a 40 acre field in Twinstead today Picture ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

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Firefighters were called to a field fire in Twinstead in Essex today caused by an overheated combine harvester.

The fire is believed to have started due to an overheating combine harvester Picture ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEThe fire is believed to have started due to an overheating combine harvester Picture ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Crews were called to Lorkin’s Lane at around 2.55pm to the blaze in a 40 acre field.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said six engines attended the fire, including crews from Halstead, Colchester Wethersfield, Braintree and Coggeshall.

He said: “Crews quickly managed to extinguish the fire and stop it spreading to surrounding fields and property.

“The fire was extinguished at 4pm.

“The fire started accidentally, when a combine harvester overheated and a small fire started in the rear of the vehicle.

“The fire very quickly spread to the field.

“Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to two thatched houses and to a neighbouring field which contained cattle.”

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