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Ash-burn Firefighters tackle 'extremely large' bale blaze in Co Meath as gardaí investigate

'The flames may be seen from a distance... The fire is contained to the field'

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This is the dramatic scene captured as firefighters tackled a bale blaze in Co Meath 

Images and video taken by Meath County Fire and Rescue Service show a massive stack of straw bales on fire in a field near Ashbourne.

The fire and rescue service took to Twitter to say: “Meath County Fire and Rescue Service are currently in attendance an extremely large straw bail fire outside Ashbourne.

“The flames may be seen from a distance. The fire is contained to the field,” the fire service tweet added.

Meanwhile, An Garda Síochána has begun investigations into the incident.

“Gardaí are investigating a suspected criminal damage by fire incident that occurred at approximately 6:55pm on Sunday, September 5, 2021, in the Ashbourne area of Co. Meath.

“A number of bales were damaged. No arrests have been made at this time,” the spokesperson added.

A similar incident in the UK last month saw an investigation launched by local authorities after some 600 bales of straw were destroyed in a fire.

The incident occurred in Northamptonshire on Tuesday (August 31).

Owner of the straw, Sundown Products, took to social media to urge vigilance when dealing with straw.

“We are awaiting the results of an investigation into the cause of the fire, but we all know that straw stacks are a magnet for people who like to start fires and rural crime is a real issue at the moment.

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“Please stay vigilant,” the company urged.

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