Fire fighters called to crop blaze

A picture by News reader Mick Stillwell of the fire in Swivelton Lane, Fareham
A picture by News reader Mick Stillwell of the fire in Swivelton Lane, Fareham
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Roads had to be closed after a huge blaze spread through Fareham fields.

Firefighters from Portchester, Fareham and Cosham were called out to the fire at 4pm, which ripped through 55 hectares of fields off Swivelton Lane in Fareham.

At one point the thick smoke reduced visibility so much that both Swivelton Lane and Downend Road had to be closed to traffic.

The fire involved many fields attached to Monument Farm on Swivelton Lane, which were about to be harvested.

Fire fighters are not yet sure how the blaze began, but said they did not think it had been started deliberately.

It took the crews around two hours to put it out.

Cosham fire station watch manager Martin Earl said: ‘We used one jet, three hose reels and beaters to put the fire out. We had one crew from Portchester, one from Fareham and one from Cosham there, and two Land Rovers from Fareham and Eastleigh.

‘The cause of the fire is being investigated but we don’t think it was suspicious.’