Straw factory fire in Tilbrook

AN ELECTRICAL fault started a fire at a straw factory near Kimbolton last night (Tuesday).

AN ELECTRICAL fault started a fire at a straw factory near Kimbolton last night (Tuesday).

Crews were called to the fire at Sundown Straw Products, on Station Road, Tilbrook, at 5.15pm.

A crew from Kimbolton and a crew from St Neots attended, before requesting assistance from a second St Neots appliance and one from Huntingdon.

They found a grinding tub had caught fire, and the building was heavily smoke-logged.

Firefighters used machinery to remove straw from the grinder, and extinguished it with hose reels and a jet. They returned to their stations by 9.25pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental, and is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

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Firefighters from Huntingdon were later called out to a deliberate fence fire in Thongsley.

The incident happened at 1.05am today (Wednesday) and crews extinguished the fire before returning to their station by 1.45am.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information about the fire should call police on 0345 456 4564, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.