Jan Scheurweghs: "It was around half past one that we started to receive reports of people smelling a fire. As far afield as Wijnegem people were calling in."
The culprit was soon located. An enormous heap of bales of straw standing 2 metres high, 30 metres long and 10 metres across in a meadow.
Jan Scheurweghs: "In order to be able to fight the fire efficiently we pulled the bales apart using a bulldozer. The fire had reached the centre of the heap.”
The heap of bales was located at the edge of a wood increasing the fire risk.
Jan Scheurweghs: "We're happy there was hardly any wind. As a result the fire didn't spread to the wood."
In time fire-fighters gained control of the blaze.