Time of Incident: 19/10/2020 - 23:05
Location: Mannings Lane, Hoole, Chester
Attendance: Six fire engines, including relief crews, attended - one from Chester, two from Ellesmere Port, one from Powey Lane, one from Malpas and one from Penketh
Shortly after 11pm on Monday 19 October firefighters were informed of a large fire in Mannings Lane, Hoole, Chester.
Two fire engines were dispatched to the scene.
On arrival the crews discovered that the fire involved a large amount of bailed hay in a farmer's field.
A water supply was established and over subsequent hours firefighters brought the fire under control using a main jet and a hose reel jet.
There were deep-seated pockets of fire.
The following morning, Tuesday 20 October, a significant amount of water was put on the hay bales and a hose reel jet and a lance was used to tackle the fire from within.
A ground monitor was also used.
A thermal imaging camera enabled firefighters to look for hotspots.
As the day progressed a main jet was used.
Specialist equipment was utilised for manoeuvring hale bales so that firefighters could access seats of fire.
In the evening and through the night, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to look for hotspots and two main jets to damp them down.
The following morning, Wednesday 21 October, firefighters again used two main jets, a ground monitor and a thermal imaging camera to deal with the incident.
Inspections were carried out and hotspots were damped down.
At around 6pm the farmer began using farm machinery to move the remaining hay.
As they did so firefighters damped down hotspots that were exposed.
The farmer spread the hay that was affected by the fire across the field.
The following morning, Thursday 22 October, an inspection carried out with a thermal imaging camera showed that the fire was fully out.
Once there were no signs of any hotspots, the incident was handed over to the farmer.
Firefighters left the scene at around 10am.