Crews tackle large crop fire at farm

VIDEO More than 50 firefighters tackled a crop fire at a farm in Little Blakenham today.

MORE than 40 firefighters tackled a crop fire at a farm in Little Blakenham today.

Six crews fought the blaze which engulfed the six-hectare field at Broomfell Farm in Bramford Road.

The fire, which was near to high voltage power lines, was reported at 11.55am today.

A crew from Needham Market, three from Colchester Road fire station and three from Princes Street fire station were joined by a control unit from Woodbridge and an off-road vehicle from Bury St Edmunds in fighting the blaze.

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At its height most of the 60-acre wheat field was involved in the fire, with firefighters battling to stop it from spreading to a nearby rape field.

Due to the awkward position of the fire, fire crews were shuttling water from a hydrant in Church Lane, Little Blakenham, to the field.

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Assistant Divisional Officer David Atkinson said: “The main thing was to stop it getting to the next field. The next field is a crop of rape and once it gets in there it would really get going.

“The crew have been working really hard, I was really pleased with them because they managed to contain it to the one field and that was the main thing.”

The incident was finished by 2pm.

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