Straw bales go up in smoke
MORE than 50 tonnes of straw has been destroyed in a blaze in a barn near Peterborough.
Firefighters from Dogsthorpe, Stanground and the Peterborough Volunteers were called to the fire in Stamford Road, Marholm at 9.29pm on Wednesday evening.
They received numerous 999 calls from concerned residents who could see thick, black smoke billowing across the nighttime sky.
The crews arrived to find the 50 tonnes of bales of straw in a Dutch barn well alight.
The fire was extinguished by the firefighters by 10.04pm.
Evening Telegraph reader Caroline Hall spotted the blaze as she was driving past the burning barn and took this picture.
Firefighters returned to the scene on Thursday morning to carry out a re-inspection of the remaining straw bales and ensured there were no hot spots that could ignite again.
The cause of the blaze is currently not known but Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has begun an investigation into how it started.
firE: Picture of barn fire in Stamford Road, Marholm, near Peterborough taken by ET reader Caroline Hall.