Blaze destroys 40-tonne straw bale

PUBLISHED: 10:11 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

FIREFIGHTERS worked through the night to tackle a 40-tonne baled straw blaze on a farm near Manuden. Newport firefighters were called to the scene at Nobles Farm, Bentfield Bower, at 8.40pm on Friday after residents on Carters Hill noticed the flames. Lea

FIREFIGHTERS worked through the night to tackle a 40-tonne baled straw blaze on a farm near Manuden.

Newport firefighters were called to the scene at Nobles Farm, Bentfield Bower, at 8.40pm on Friday after residents on Carters Hill noticed the flames.

Leading firefighter Dave Morland said: "At first we thought a barn was alight, but when we arrived we realised it was actually a stack of hay that was under tarpaulin and ready for transportation that had caught fire.

"The hydrant was half a mile away, so extra crews were needed for water supplies. There was a barn, containing wheat, in the immediate area that had to be protected from catching fire."

The Newport fire crew worked until midnight and were then relieved by firefighters from Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford who worked through the night and into the morning.

The Newport fire crew returned to the scene at 4pm on Saturday afternoon to make sure it was safe.

The fire service is treating the incident as suspicious and is investigating the cause of the blaze. The police have also been alerted to the incident.

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