A15 blocked by straw fire near Sleaford may re-open on Thursday

The scene of the straw fire near Quarrington on Tuesday, October 21, a day-and-a-half after the blaze began.
The scene of the straw fire near Quarrington on Tuesday, October 21, a day-and-a-half after the blaze began.

The A15 between Silk Willoughby and Quarrington remains closed due to the major straw bale fire which started near Sleaford on Sunday evening.

The fire broke out at about 5.30pm in a straw bale storage site just off the A15 near Quarrington, run by Eco2 for its straw-fired power plant on Boston Road on the other side of Sleaford.

It contained approximately 26,000 half tonne bales of which half of them were alight, in an incident being treated as arson. Three male juveniles have been arrested and spokeen to by police and released on bail.

Firefighters have remained on the scene to supervise the stacks burning out to prevent it spreading, while the remaining unburnt bales are ferried out of harm’s way.

A police spokeswoman added that the road was remaining closed at the advice of the fire service due to there still being considerable amounts of smoke blowing across the road making it unsafe for drivers. The road was also being used by a fleet of tractors and trailers hauling the unburnt straw to the Eco2 power station on Boston Road where they had been destined anyway.

She said it was hoped that the A15 would re-open tomorrow morning but that was not definite.

The bales were still burning vigorously overnight fanned by 50mph winds, despite the rain. A fire service spokeswoman said: “We continued to have one appliance in attendance through the night.

“Fire and rescue are expected to be leaving the scene today but will leave the fire and the road closure to be managed between the police and the site owners.”