UPDATE: 120 tonne hay stacks left to burn near Ashwell were ‘worthless’

16:20 04 April 2014

Hay bales burn out at the farm near Ashwell. Credit: Ciaran Merritt

Hay bales burn out at the farm near Ashwell. Credit: Ciaran Merritt

Archant

A farmer is relieved that two large hay stacks which caught alight this morning (Friday) were “worthless”.

Two crews were called to the scene near Ashwell. Credit: Ciaran MerrittTwo crews were called to the scene near Ashwell. Credit: Ciaran Merritt

The fire occurred in two separate stacks, situated 800 meters apart and weighing more than 120 tonnes, at 10.19am on Northfields Road near Ashwell.

Two fire engines attendended the scene, one from Letchworth and Baldock Fire Station and one from Royston, and worked to contain the fire and let it burn itself out.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

The famer who owned the bales spoke to the Comet but asked to remain anonymous.

He said: “I saw smoke coming from the stacks this morning. Luckily the hay was old and worthless, and wasn’t being used for anything.

”The fire bridge came and separated it all out and have left it to burn out.”

Police attended the scene but did not close any roads.

Related articles

0 comments

More news stories

Barley Playground Refurbishment Committee

Thanks to the generosity of the community, work has now started on a project to renovate Barley’s much-loved playground.

16:02
Thieves smashed through the window before making off with jewellery from the Royston house.

Thieves made off with jewellery after smashing through the rear window of a house in Royston yesterday.

15:38
Police were called following two burglaries in Meldreth.

A burglary in which a kitchen window was smashed through in Meldreth is believed to be linked to another attempted burglary yesterday in the same village.

Olivia Willis, Alison Hopwood and Emma Watters from Third Generation Hair Salon in Melbourn are taking part in a charity skydive for The MindEd Trust

Three daredevil Melbourn hair stylists are gearing up to do a tandem skydive for a local mental health charity that ‘protects our beautiful young people’ as they celebrate their salon’s 10th birthday.

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition