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Aerial photographs show stack fire as 400 tonnes of hay burns near Grantham




Haystack fire at Londonthorpe. Photo: Ged McKnight
Haystack fire at Londonthorpe. Photo: Ged McKnight

Photographs taken from the air by a Grantham businessman show the extent of this weekend’s fire in which more than 400 tonnes of hay were burned at Londonthorpe.

Ged McKnight, owner of Fellows cafe in Westgate, took the pictures from a glider on Sunday. Firefighters attended the blaze at 5.30am yesterday at Newgate Lane. The road was closed yesterday due to smoke.

Haystack fire at Londonthorpe. Photo: Ged McKnight
Haystack fire at Londonthorpe. Photo: Ged McKnight

Mr McKnight, who is a member of Cranwell Gliding Club, said the wind was between 25 and 30 knots on the ground blowing the smoke across the road and close to the communications mast on the other side of the road. Mr McKnight, who went up in a friend’s motorised glider, also took pictures of the fire from the ground.

A stack of 400 tonnes of hay bales burned at Londonthorpe yesterday. Photo: Ged McKnight
A stack of 400 tonnes of hay bales burned at Londonthorpe yesterday. Photo: Ged McKnight


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