UPDATED: 600 tonnes of cattle manure catches fire

Halstead Gazette: 600 tonnes of cattle manure alight 600 tonnes of cattle manure alight

600 tonnes of manure and straw have caught fire after over-heating.

Three crews of firefighters were called at 12.09pm today to tackle the blaze in Burwood Road, Stambourne, which was "ten to twenty minutes away" from spreading to a neighbouring crop field.

The pile belonged to nearby Warren Farm and was 25 per cent alight when firefighters arrived.

Crew manager at Halstead Fire Station Steve Byrne, who attended the fire, said: "The pile had been there for about a year and the heat at the bottom of the pile had built up to a temperature that sparked the fire.

"This is quite common throughout the summer with haystacks and can be devastating if nearby crops catch alight.

"As you can imagine, the smell was just awful."

The fire was extinguished by 3.46pm and nobody was hurt.

 

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2:50pm Tue 1 Jul 14

catflap1 says...

**** !
**** ! catflap1
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

OnlyMeee says...

I've heard some bull in my time.

Now we can smell it too!
I've heard some bull in my time. Now we can smell it too! OnlyMeee
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

'........More information to follow.......'

Well come on then. Don't keep us waiting.

(Actually the fire was extinguished well over an hour ago!)
'........More information to follow.......' Well come on then. Don't keep us waiting. (Actually the fire was extinguished well over an hour ago!) OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 3

9:47am Wed 2 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

It's good to see the BWT provide the promised update. (That's twice in 24 hours - Wow!)

Us readers must give credit where it's due.

Well done Boys and Girls. I do believe we might make journalists out of you yet.

Well deserved 'Brownie Point' awarded!

(US readers as well /@|_|@\ )
It's good to see the BWT provide the promised update. (That's twice in 24 hours - Wow!) Us readers must give credit where it's due. Well done Boys and Girls. I do believe we might make journalists out of you yet. Well deserved 'Brownie Point' awarded! (US readers as well /@|_|@\ ) OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Taj says...

At first I thought it might have been Firstsite alas it wasn't
At first I thought it might have been Firstsite alas it wasn't Taj
  • Score: 0

9:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

PROOFREADER says...

Another sh-t story from the Gazette !
Another sh-t story from the Gazette ! PROOFREADER
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

A source of green (or brown) energy!
A source of green (or brown) energy! Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 0
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