Fire probe continues into stack blaze

POLICE are today continuing to investigate a massive straw-stack fire that took nearly two days to douse.Crews remained at the scene of the blaze, in Morston Hall Lane, Trimley St Martin, until yesterday afternoon as the final embers burned out.

POLICE are today continuing to investigate a massive straw-stack fire that took nearly two days to douse.

Crews remained at the scene of the blaze, in Morston Hall Lane, Trimley St Martin, until yesterday afternoon as the final embers burned out.

At its height, flames from the 400-tonne stack had threatened to spread to two nearby homes and surrounding fields.

It was one of two suspicious fires reported just before midnight on Monday, with the other taking hold of a small amount of hay near to the old A45, in Levington.

David Kemp, acting sub-officer for Suffolk Fire Service, said it is normal for a blaze of this size to take several hours to put out.

He added it could have taken even longer, had the strong winds not sped up the combustion.

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Alison Malcolm, of Morston Hall Lane, said the land has been scarred by the blaze, with a strong stench of smoke still in the air.

She said: "You can tell there's been a major fire around here. I had my car cleaned yesterday but it still smells of smoke and the smut is everywhere.

"We had been told the fire would take three days to put out so we're pleased it's over. The firefighters were super."

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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