Westleton: Firefighters tackle field blaze

A fire broke out in a field in Westleton yesterday,

A fire broke out in a field in Westleton yesterday, - Credit: Archant

Firefighters are tackling a major field blaze which has engulfed three acres of heathland.

Fire crews were alerted to the blaze in Westleton at around 1.10pm today.

Eye-witness Nick Sibbett, of Bury St Edmunds, said he saw smoke billowing from Westleton Common while he was conducting a bat survey in the area.

“The fire brigade were in attendance quickly,” he said.

“After the fire brigade arrived the fire continued to spread for a few minutes, then rapidly shrunk. Flames were around double the height of the telegraph poles in the area, so reached around 10m in height.

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“The smoke was nearly blowing towards me and I didn’t approach closer in case the wind turned! Also I didn’t want to get in the way of the fire brigade who were doing such a good job.”

Three fire engines remain on scene.

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Elsewhere, fire crews brought under control a blaze which engulfed 10m of a hedge row in Hill House Lane, Needham Market, at around 1.30pm today.

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