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