Fire crews battle huge blaze that left hundreds of homes without power

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out in a field in south Norfolk.

Emergency services were called at 4.12pm to the scene in Heywood, near Diss by 4.44pm. 

Seventeen fire crews from across Norfolk attended, including from as far as King's Lynn , Mundesley and Reepham - almost 50 miles away.

Teams from Diss, Long Stratton, Hingham, Hethersett, Harleston, East Harling, Dereham, Sprowston, Attleborough and Wymondham also were involved.

Crews used hose reel jets and hand appliances to extinguish the fire.

By 5.46pm the stop message was received and no more resources were needed.

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss - Credit: Sonya Duncan

It is believed an electrical pylon caught fire, causing the field to catch alight.

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year.Byline: Sonya Duncan

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year. Byline: Sonya Duncan

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The blaze spread quickly across the field and has set alight to a nearby wooded area.

A map of the area affected by the power cut following the field fire in Heywood

A map of the area affected by the power cut following the field fire in Heywood - Credit: UK Power Network

Power was cut to 900 homes across eight postcodes due to the blaze damaging overhead high voltage electrical cables.

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year.Byline: Sonya Duncan

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Electricity had been restored to homes by 10pm.

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss

Field fire on Shelfanger Road just outside Diss - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Video footage shows a farmer frantically ploughing the field to try to stop the spread of the fire by driving across ground yet to be caught alight.

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Smoke billowed into the sky as it continued to spread across the parched field amid a day of extreme heat. 

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year.
Byline: Sonya Duncan

A field fire near Diss during the hottest day of the year. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Fire crews have combatted a high number of fires across the region during the high temperatures experienced in Norfolk over the past two weeks.