Crews kept busy with more straw fires

FIREFIGHTERS were called out to deal with hundreds of tons of straw ablaze overnight after arsonists caused three farm fires within a few miles of each other.

Richard Cornwell

FIREFIGHTERS were called out to deal with hundreds of tons of straw ablaze overnight after arsonists caused three farm fires within a few miles of each other.

All the incidents are being treated as suspicious and are being investigated by police.

The first happened at around 12.30am today when a fire crew was called to 25 tons of straw bales on fire in Bardwell Road, Ixworth.


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Ten minutes later they received another call to Bardwell Road at Sapiston, where 500 tons of straw was alight. Crews from Bury St Edmunds and Thetford and a water carrier from Newmarket attended and spent most of the night at the scene, damping down.

At 4am, there was a third fire - this time in Norwich Lane, Coney Weston. A fire crew from East Harling dealt with 200 tons of straw alight.

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Elsewhere, crews also tackled a field fire at Shottisham, two areas of gorse, each 50m square, at Parkers Lane, Martlesham Heath, and a small area of grass on fire at Runnacles Way, Felixstowe.

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