Road closed after hundreds of tonnes of manure catches fire

The scene of the fire at Six Mile Bottom.

The scene of the fire at Six Mile Bottom. - Credit: Archant

Police had to close a major road after hundreds of tonnes of straw and manure caught fire.

Firefighters were called shortly after 12.30pm last Wednesday to a fire at a farm in London Road, in Six Mile Bottom, near Dullingham.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said about 800 tonnes of straw and manure had caught fire and thick smoke was drifting across the A11.

Firefighters made the decision to control the burn and allow it to burn out.

The cause of the fire was accidental. It is believed to have started when a bonfire spread to the muck heap.

Station Commander Paul Clarke added: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone - whether you are a homeowner, farmer or business - of the dangers of lighting bonfires.

“Please do check the weather before lighting a bonfire and never light one in high winds. When building a bonfire also, make sure it is well away from not just property and foliage but also other flammable materials, especially those in high quantities, like muck heaps, stacks of pallets or large amounts of garden waste.”