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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.