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Quick work stopped fire in West Lavington spreading
11:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Farm workers helped firefighters contain a fire among a stack of straw bales.
The workers, on a farm at Gore Cross, West Lavington, chopped back corn near to the bales that were on fire and their actions stopped the fire from spreading on Saturday afternoon.
The workers had been harvesting at the time and turned round to see the stack of straw bales on fire. They tried to extinguish the flames but were unable to do so.
A crew from Devizes and a crew on the water carrier from Pewsey arrived, and while they tackled the fire the farm workers got to work on the nearby corn.
Pip Flowers, commander of Devizes Fire Station, said: “The farm workers were brilliant. They brought a combine harvester down and chopped back levels of corn and bailed it onto the back of a lorry within a few minutes.
“They were concerned because the wind was changing and the fire could have spread from the bales.”
The fire destroyed 200 tonnes of straw and firefighters spent 90 minutes putting it out. They spent another two hours checking for hot spots and dampening it down.
Mr Flowers said the cause of the fire was unknown but it could have been due to a flint spark during the harvesting.
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