ARSONISTS targeted a pile of hay bales in a field in Christleton on Monday night.
Firefighters were called at 10.30pm to a field off Pearl Lane where they found blazing bales of hay.
The appliance was unable to access the field from the road, without travelling a further quarter of a mile. Fire crews decided to monitor the situation and make sure the bales burned safely.
Watch manager Chris Rodoway said: “Deliberately setting alight the bales meant that an appliance from Chester was out of action for an hour and a half.”