Firefighters tackle four blazes across Fenland in one day

FIREFIGHTERS tackled four blazes across Fenland yesterday.

The busy day for crews across the district began at 2.20pm when units from Stanground, Whittlesey, Thorney, Dogsthorpe, March, Wisbech and a water carrier from Huntingdon were called to a tractor fire which had spread to a field of stubble near the A605 in Eastrea.

Crews used three jets, two hose reels and beaters to extinguish the blaze and had the fire under control by around 5pm.

Just 35 minutes later a crew from Wisbech was called to a fire in a dyke in the town’s South Brink.

Firefighters arrived to find the blaze had also spread to around 50x5 metres of stubble. Hose reels and beaters were used to extinguish the flames with the crew returning to their station by 7.25pm.

The night continued to be busy one for firefighters from Wisbech with a crew being called to a large unattended bonfire in the town’s Edinburgh Drive at 9.25pm.

Hose reels were used to extinguish the fire within 30 minutes and a fire service spokesman urged residents to “supervise bonfires until they are completely extinguished, and always keep a bucket of water or hosepipe handy”.

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The fourth and final Fenland fire of the evening took place in Elloe Bank, Tydd St Giles, at 10.20pm.

One crew from Wisbech arrived to find around 10x3 metres of stubble alight and extinguished the blaze by 10.55pm

The cause of all four fires was believed to have been accidental.

Firefighters returned to the Eastrea blaze at 7am today to reinspect the incident.

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