Arsonists torch 50 tonnes of straw at village farm

About 50 tonnes of straw was torched in Stonely.

About 50 tonnes of straw was torched in Stonely. - Credit: Archant

More than 50 tonnes of straw was set ablaze by arsonists in Stonely this morning (Monday).

Firefighters from Kimbolton, St Neots, and Huntingdon, as well as a water carrier from Bedfordshire, were called at about 1am to reports of a blaze in Easton Road.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews arrived to find a well-developed fire at a barn involving 50 tonnes of bailed straw. Two hose reels and the positive pressure ventilation were used to prevent the spread and extinguish the fire.”

Crews extinguished the fire and returned to their stations by 9am.

An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was deliberate. Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.