Hay and waste plastic waste fire at a farm in Betley

10/08/2018 - 00:59

Main Road, Betley (near Crewe)

Six fire engines have been in attendance - two from Crewe, one from Nantwich, one from Sandbach and two from Staffordshire

At around 1am firefighters were called to a report of a fire in the open involving bales of hay and plastic at a farm on Main Road in Betley, near Crewe.
On arrival crews discovered approximately 200 tonnes of hay and waste plastic well alight in a field.
A nearby stream has been used as a water supply to fight the double-seated fire.
Firefighters initially tackled the fire with two hose reel jets. One of them wore breathing apparatus.
Two main jets and a ground monitor have also been used.
Firefighters have been damping down the area and turning over the hay and plastic throughout the night.
They have been assisted by a farmer, who has been using machinery to prevent the fire from spreading.
Only one fire engine remains at the site this morning.

Update at 2pm

There is only one seat of fire left which the firefighters are tackling with a hose reel jet. They are also checking the area with a thermal imaging camera.
This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.

Update at 9.45am, Saturday 11 August

Crews continued to dampen down and assess the site of the incident, identifying hotspots using a thermal imaging camera and using a hose reel to cool areas where the temperature was still not at a safe level.

They continued well into the evening and by 11pm were satisfied that a thorough inspection of the site had been carried out with no further signs of fire or heat. A further inspection of the site was carried out this morning and the situation was the same. One more inspection will be carried out this afternoon to ensure that the warmer weather does not cause further issues.

The fire service left the site at 9am on August 12.

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