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Crews tackle two separate fires in Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 18:16 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 19 July 2018

Photo: Lyndon Swift

Photo: Lyndon Swift

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Crews have tackled two separate fires in Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast. Eight pumps, a water carrier and a support vehicle were at the scene of a field fire blaze in Weybourne Road.

Fire in Weybourne, near Sheringham. Photo: Ann EcclestonFire in Weybourne, near Sheringham. Photo: Ann Eccleston

Three crews were also in attendance at another fire near a railway line in Weybourne Road. Crews were first called at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “The biggest fire in Weybourne Road is in the open. It’s on a field of crops measuring about 10 hectares. The other Weybourne fire is by a railway embankment.”

An eyewitness described the crops blaze as “horrendous”.

Simon Pegg, from Bodham, said: “I noticed it from several miles away today driving back to Bodham from Cawston, and it seems to be mainly on a ‘stubble’ field.

“It seems to be on the Weybourne Road - separate fires, two on the same road.

“You can see the huge black smoke cloud from the window.”

“It’s visible for miles - looks like a stubble field caught fire.”

It comes amid a spate of wildfires, caused by the ongoing heatwave and particularly dry conditions.

Another view of the fire near Sheringham. Picture: SAMUEL WRIGHTAnother view of the fire near Sheringham. Picture: SAMUEL WRIGHT

At 5.40pm on Wednesday, fire crews from Earlham and Aylsham were called to a large field fire on Cromer Road in Newton St Faith.

They used hose reel jets to put the blaze, and had done so by 6.15pm.

Another view of the blaze. Picture: ALICE WELLSAnother view of the blaze. Picture: ALICE WELLS


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