200-tonne straw stack goes up in flames

The blazing stack from the road. Picture: PP

From North Norfolk News, 26 April 2019

Two fire engines were called to the blaze at The Street shortly after 8pm in a stack near to the road.
The straw was to be used by farmer Kit Papworth as animal bedding.
Mr Papworth, managing director of LF Papworth Ltd, said: “This fire is a waste of resources for the fire and rescue service and very disappointing for us to lose 200 tonnes of bedding in such a way. “Our thanks go to all of those who helped raise the alarm and attend what became a very large fire.”
The fire comes at a time when rural crime is on the rise in Norfolk with a recent spate of thefts of equipment from farms.
No property was at risk from the blaze but fire fighters were concerned about overhead power cables catching fire.
However the wind meant the flames were blown in the opposite direction.
Villagers came out of their homes to watch the drama unfold with one woman saying her ponies in a nearby field had been spooked by the flames.
A Norfolk fire service spokesman said crews from Aylsham and Wroxham attended.

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