Gosbeck: Fire crews battle major straw blaze

CREWS battled a major fire last night which had engulfed 500 tonnes of straw.

Fire control received a report of a fire in Helmingham Road, Gosbeck, near Needham Market at 9.45pm.

Appliances from Debenham and Needham Market arrived but further assistance was called for.

A command and support unit from Woodbridge and an appliance from Princes Street, Ipswich were requested by 10.15pm.

By 10.30pm crews reported that about 500 tonnes of baled straw were well alight and extra water supplies were being sourced.

A farmer supported the fire crews with a teleporter.

At 11.15pm fire control reported good progress was being made and supplies had been sourced from a hydrant and open water.

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Crews used hosereels and 45ml jets to combat the blaze.

An old combine harvester had to be moved away from the fire and cooled.

Fire control said the blaze was under control by about midnight.

The latest update on the fire said crews were still in attendance by about 1am last night.

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