Cambridgeshire fire crews tackling large blaze after arson attack

Arsonists set fire to a large stack of straw this morning.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 4:43 pm
Crews at the blaze

The fire, on Blockmoor Drove near Mepal, started at 2.15am on Thursday (June 6) and involves around 2,500 tonnes of straw. One crew from Chatteris initially attended and found a fire involving two large stacks of bailed straw well alight that was spreading to a third stack. Firefighters worked throughout the night, with crews from Cottenham and Ely taking over duties working with the farmer to contain the fire and stop it from spreading further.

The blaze has meant crews have been unable to tackle other emergencies in the area.

Station Commander Pete Jones, Arson Liaison Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fires started deliberately like this pose significant issues for us. Not only do they present a risk to our crews, like any fire, but the crews committed here are not available to respond to other emergencies. This is very frustrating as fires like this are avoidable and could delay our response to another emergency.

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Crews at the blaze

“Arson is a serious crime and can have severe consequences for those that start a fire, no matter how big or how small it is. Not only this, but any fire presents significant risks for anyone around the area if it gets out of hand.”

If anyone has any information about this or any other deliberate fire, please contact the police by visiting www.cambs.police.uk to submit an online report or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.