Services unaffected by railside blaze

A FIRE in farm buildings threatened to cause chaos on the rail lines today.Crews initially said a 24-hour 200m exclusion zone would have to be put in place following the blaze shortly after midnight at Feering, near Colchester, close to the Ipswich to London mainline.

A FIRE in farm buildings threatened to cause chaos on the rail lines today.

Crews initially said a 24-hour 200m exclusion zone would have to be put in place following the blaze shortly after midnight at Feering, near Colchester, close to the Ipswich to London mainline.

Such a measure would have meant trains being prevented from running along that stretch of track.

The farm buildings, which covered an area of 50m by 50m, contained acetylene cylinders, prompting fears they could explode.

However, fire crews were able to douse the flames and make the area safe overnight, preventing rail disruption and allowing eight people who had been evacuated from neighbouring properties to return home.

It is believed that three horses died as a result of the fire, which took place in Ryemill Lane, while paramedics treated one man who was suffering with breathing difficulties.

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