Combine harvester fire extinguished by crews

Firefighter tackling flames with hose

Fire crews have successfully extinguished a combine harvester fire in the Stafford area.

Firefighters were called to a premises off Mitton Road, Mitton, just before 3.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 August).

Crews from Cannock, Rising Brook, Rugeley and Stafford attended the scene.

Upon arrival, crews found a combine harvester well-alight.

A total of three pumps, a water carrier, two breathing apparatus and two hose reels were used to extinguish the fire.

No one was reported injured.

The cause of the fire was later deemed to be accidental as a result of a faulty engine.

Crews left the scene just after 5.40pm on Tuesday (9 August).

James Green, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “With the current warm weather and lack of rainfall, this has increased the fire risk when using agricultural machinery such as this.

“Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident.

“Our advice is to call us straight away at the first sign of any problem, ensure that access for emergency vehicles is maintained and make sure that you are able to give your precise location if needed. Those with access to a mobile phone should consider downloading the What3Words app which can be used to pinpoint your location to within three metres. This is particularly useful in rural areas.”

For more information on fire safety outside, visit: Your Safety | Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.