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PHOTOS: Unattended bonfire causes two large fires

Dairy Farm Meadow, St Osyth
05/07/2020 @ 17:09
Incident Number: 126103
In attendance: 2 x Clacton, 1 x Brightlingsea and 1 x Weeley


An unattended bonfire caught an outbuilding alight and then spread to undergrowth causing a second large fire earlier today.

Two crews from Clacton were called to extinguish an outbuilding fire in St Osyth just after 5pm.

On arrival, crews reported that an outbuilding, measuring approximately 20 metres x 20 metres, was alight with a tractor and wood stored inside.

The fire then spread to undergrowth and ignited a fire roughly 20 metres by 15 metres.

Crews from Brightlingsea and Weeley were then called to help extinguish the fires and used light portable pumps in a nearby lake to ensure they had enough water.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 8:45pm.

Watch Manager Jim Boywer from Clacton Fire Station said: “Never leave a bonfire unattended, they can ignite nearby materials and in dry and windy weather like today, can spread quickly and become uncontrollable.”


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