Fire crews’ fight to stop farm fire spreading

Fire in potato pallets at Floods Ferry
Fire in potato pallets at Floods Ferry

Around 700 potato boxes were on fire at a March farm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) and fire crews had to battle to stop the blaze from spreading to nearby farm buildings.

In total, four crews - one from March, one from Chatteris, one from Wisbech and one from Whittlesey - attended the incident at the farm on Whittlesey Road.

Fire at Floods Ferry, March

Fire at Floods Ferry, March

Approximately 700 potato boxes were involved in the fire, which was called in at 3.45pm, and crews managed to save 150 of these. The fire was at risk of spreading to a nearby farm building - which suffered slight heat damage - but crews were able to contain the fire and stop it from spreading.

Firefighters used three jets, hose reels, a ground monitor and light portable pump to extinguish the fire and returned to their stations by 8.05pm.

Matt Murdoch, Station Commander at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The crews worked very hard to stop the fire spreading to the farmer’s farm buildings which were extremely close.

“It was challenging for the crews. Being wooden potato boxes the fire developed very fast and they had to work extremely quickly the stop it spreading.

“The firefighters did a very good job and we think the farmer was happy with the work they did.”

The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.