Field fire smoke causes A14 jams

A BLAZE across 20 acres of farmland caused chaos on one of Suffok's busiest roads today as motorists tried to contend with smoke from the fire.

MOTORISTS faced disruption on one of Suffolk's busiest roads today after more than 20 acres of farmland caught fire causing smoke to blow over the A14 carriageway.

The fire took hold on land near the A14 at Bury St Edmunds and smoke billowed across the road.

Fire crews were called at around 3.40pm and police officers attended the scene to slow traffic and close one lane of the eastbound carriageway.

Long tailbacks grew due to the poor visibility as cars were forced to slow to pass the scene.

At the peak of the blaze six engines were at the scene with firefighters using hose reels and beaters to douse the flames.

Fencing along the A14 and a quarter of a mile of embankment were involved in the fire.

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The fire was out and the road was clear by 4.38pm.

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