Lightning strike causes straw stack fire in Isleham

150 tonnes of straw went up in flames in Isleham

150 tonnes of straw went up in flames in Isleham - Credit: Archant

ABOUT 150 tonnes of straw burst into flame after being struck by lightning on a farm in Isleham on Monday.

150 tonnes of straw went up in flames in Isleham

150 tonnes of straw went up in flames in Isleham - Credit: Archant

Firefighters from Soham, two crews from Newmarket in Suffolk and one crew from Mildenhall in Suffolk, were called to reports of a fire in Fen Bank, Isleham, at about 3pm.

Approximately 150 tonnes of straw was alight and the stack was very close to other agricultural buildings.

Jets were used to cool adjacent buildings and a lightweight portable fan stopped the fire from spreading further. Nearby animals were moved to a safe location and no animals were involved in the fire.

A water carrier from Newmarket was requested and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three jets, monitors, and lightweight portable pumps to pump from open water to extinguish the stack.


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The stop message was received at 5.15pm.

Crews from Littleport, Soham, Burwell, Ely and Chatteris contained and continued to dampen down the fire overnight.

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