Field fire damages cars at Thame county show

  • 1 August 2010
  • From the section Oxford
Damage to field
Image caption The fire spread very rapidly across the field at the county show site

More than 20 cars were recovered after a field fire at the Thame county show.

Crews were called at about 1615 BST on Saturday to a report of a field on fire in the rear public car park.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire spread very rapidly across the field measuring 50,000sq m due to a strong breeze.

About 40 firefighters were called to tackle the fire which is thought to have started after an area of stubble caught fire in between parked cars.

Watch manager Andy Ford, who was on patrol at the event, said: "Car park fires are unfortunately a high risk at events like this and it was part of our briefing that we were aware of the areas."

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