FIREFIGHTERS are at the scene of a large haystack fire in Maldon this morning after multiple calls from members of the public.

The fire service was alerted to a fire by residents who spotted the flames from the St Giles Crescent and London Road area.

Maldon fire station has confirmed it is at the scene and are undertaking a “controlled burn” to ensure it doesn’t spread any further. 

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Flames - large haystack on fire in MaldonFlames - large haystack on fire in Maldon (Image: Maldon Fire Station)

The fire was fully developed when crews arrived in the early hours of the morning and the haystack had been destroyed.

A spokesman for Maldon fire station said: “Following several calls, we are at a fire that has been sighted from the St Giles Crescent/London Road area which has been confirmed as a haystack alight.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Intense - hay completely destroyed by the fireIntense - hay completely destroyed by the fire (Image: Maldon Fire Station)

“As the fire was fully developed by the time crews arrived, it has been decided to allow a controlled burn and to provide regular revisits throughout the day to check the surrounding fire risk.”