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Hay stack will keep burning in Essex for several hours

The hay stack alight near Halstead. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters in Essex spent the night tackling a blaze in a 60-tonne stack of hay.

Crews from Braintree and Halstead were called to the incident at Greenstead Green just before 1.30am Friday morning.

By 7.30am, 30 tonnes of hay were still burning and the stack is expected to continue to burn for another eight hours.

One fire engine will remain at the scene until it is considered safe to leave.


Luton superstore fire was started accidentally

A fire that badly damaged an Asda superstore in Luton was started accidentally

A fire that badly damaged an Asda superstore in Luton earlier this year was started accidentally during repair work that was being carried out to the roof.

It took over a hundred firefighters several hours to battle the fire in Asda's Wigmore Lane store in March.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has now confirmed its investigation shows the cause of the blaze was accidental.

The superstore is still closed.

Dog thought to have started house fire in Essex

A dog is thought to have started a house fire in Braintree Credit: ITV News

Three people have suffered smoke inhalation and a dog has died following a kitchen fire at Braintree in Essex.

Firefighters were called to Templar Road last night after the people living there returned home to find their house full of smoke.

The fire is thought to have been started accidentally by the dog who had jumped up at the cooker and turned the cooker on. Items left on the cooker then caught light.

The kitchen has been destroyed and the rest of the house has suffered extensive smoke damage.

Eight crews needed to get forest blaze under control

A blaze in Thetford Forest took 35 firefighters to get it under control.

Crews are now damping down at the site at Santon Downham, near Brandon.

A total of eight crews were needed to tackle the flames which has prompted the fire service to issue a further warning about the dry weather.


Photos show fury of fire that ripped through Mersea Island beach huts

The fire at West Mersea on Sunday morning. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook

These photographs, taken by Mersea Island residents, show the extent of the fire that ripped through beach huts early on Sunday.

Ten buildings were destroyed. In many cases, nothing but charred fragments remain on the beach this morning.

The charred remains of some of the huts at Mersea Island. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook
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