Combine harvester explodes causing ‘wall of fire’ through field

The combine harvester was left gutted by the fire Picture: FAYE LENEY

The combine harvester was left gutted by the fire Picture: FAYE LENEY - Credit: Archant

Fire crews are at the scene of a raging farm fire in Glemsford this afternoon, which witnesses say spread like a wall of fire.

Large plumes of smoke were spotted locally Picture: FAYE LENEY

Large plumes of smoke were spotted locally Picture: FAYE LENEY - Credit: Archant

Crews were called to Lodge Farm at around 3pm after a combine harvester is believed to have burst into flames.

The fire spread and it is believed up to 10 acres of stubble and standing crop are ablaze.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said the fire was around 200m wide in places.

Angela Barnes, who lives close to the field, said that she heard a loud explosion coming from the field.

Firefighters tackling the blaze Picture: FAYE LENEY

Firefighters tackling the blaze Picture: FAYE LENEY - Credit: Archant


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"It progressed straight across the field and towards the houses. It was like a wall of fire," said Ms Barnes.

"Someone churned up some of the field to break the fire but the combine is a wreck."

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Five hose reels are being used at the scene as well as four beaters.

Three fire crews are currently on site with more on their way from around west Suffolk.

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police said they had been notified of the incident but were not attending.

A stop was called on the incident shortly before 4pm with crews staying on site to put out the remainder of the blaze.

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe - Credit: Archant

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe - Credit: Archant

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe

Dramatic pictures of the blaze in Glemsford Picture: Terry Howe - Credit: Archant

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