A FARMER has been praised for his quick thinking after his combine harvester caught fire.

Firefighters from Abingdon were called to their fourth incident of the day on Tuesday when the combine harvester burst into flames near Wallingford.

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On arrival, the firefighters were faced with a 'deep-seated' fire and and had to work in some of the hottest temperatures this week to find the problem.

Watch Manager Rod Dacombe said: "The owners of this vehicle did exactly the right thing in calling us and not attempting to tackle the fire themselves.

"Their prompt call enabled our crews to safely resolve the incident and prevent significant damage to the vehicle.

"It also meant that we weren’t facing a situation where the vehicle had set fire to the field/crop, which would have led to a very significant incident."

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