Fire crews fight straw blaze

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a chaotic scene in South Milford last week after a straw stack at Huddleston Grange caught fire.

North Yorkshire Fire Service were called to the scene at around 4.50pm on Wednesday December 28 after receiving a call from a member of the public.

In total four fire engines from Tadcaster and Garforth fire stations were called to attend the emergency scene.

Eyewitness and neighbour Adam Dixon told the Wetherby News: “I could see the fire above the side of the house, blowing smoke away. It was huge.

“There were at least four fire engines and they were here for a couple of hours trying to put it out.

“There were a lot of people about but luckily nobody got hurt.”

Fire crews used a light portable pump, four large hose jets, three smaller hoses, six breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera to deal with the incident.

The fire crew also worked to divide the incident into different sections to prevent farm buildings and the farm house from setting on fire.

An ambulance was also called to the scene but then removed as no one was injured in the fire, witnesses say.

A North Yorkshire Fire spokesman said the cause of the fire had been “controlled burning spreading” which completely destroyed a 15 x 15m straw stack.