UPDATE – Major fire in Hengrave

More than 100 firefighters fought major fires in West Suffolk yesterday as almost 30 fire engines were dispatched to Hengrave and Mildenhall.

24 acres of crops were destroyed by the fire in Hengrave, which started at around half 12 yesterday afternoon. The fire service say it was “caused by the hot weather which caused an area of standing crops to catch fire”. Suffolk Fire and Rescue worked with local farmers to stop it from spreading to further crops and nearby properties.

Meanwhile the fire brigade was called to Mildenhall at about 12:45 after they received a call to trees on fire near to Mildenhall Woods. When crews made it to the incident the fire had spread to a large open area; seven appliances attended the incident which was put out but 15:47.

There have also been grass fires near Ipswich, Farnham and in north Suffolk.

At least 14 fire crews are currently in attendance of a major fire in between Fornham All Saints and Hengrave on the A1101.

Reports are that a combine harvester caught fire and set light to the fields. The road is closed from the double mini roundabout in Fornham to  Lackford

More details follow….


A combine can be seen in the field surrounded by flames. Credit Josh Stilwell We Really Love Bury St Edmunds
Credit Josh Stilwell We Really Love Bury St Edmunds
Smoke can been seen from the town – Credit Iain Bell‎ We Really Love Bury St Edmunds
Smoke can be seen from Bury St Edmunds – Credit – Erika Lázár We Really Love Bury St Edmunds