Essex: Fire crews tackle big straw blaze

Firefighters spent the night tackling a blaze involving 300 tonnes of bailed straw.

Two appliances were initially sent to the scene at 11pm last night, but on arrival the incident commander reported that the straw was well alight and requested two extra crews.

Police were called to close the A414 Maldon Road at Hall Farm, Woodham Mortimer, as embers were spreading onto the carriageway

A high volume pump was sent to the scene from the Urban Search and Rescue station at Lexden.

At 7.30am today two crews were still at the scene with the large haystack, measuring 15m x 15m, still well alight and being allowed to burn out in a controlled way.


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“We have no information relating to the cause of this incident at this time,” said a fire service spokesman.

“The road remains closed in both directions. We anticipate being at the scene for some time this morning.”

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