Burning bush in Eastney tackled by firefighters

Fire crews were called to put out a large bush fire

Monday, 15th August 2016, 4:21 pm
Updated Monday, 15th August 2016, 5:25 pm
Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Arpit Patel PPP-160815-155127001

The incident took place shortly before 3pm today in Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney.

Two pumps from Southsea fire station were tasked with putting out the fire in the bush, which measured approximately 15 metres wide and 10 metres high.

Arpit Patel, from Clanfield, was on the way to the beach with his family when he saw the drama unfold.

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Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Arpit Patel PPP-160815-155127001

The 29-year-old said: ‘We were driving past and saw there was fire. We stopped to see what it was and we got out and a lady who was walking her dog said there was a large fire.

‘The fire engines were there with firefighters trying to get rid of it. We could see thick black smoke.’

Aprit’s friend Ryan Hughes, from Waterlooville, was also in the car.

The 20-year-old said: ‘I saw thick black smoke blowing into the road. We said “shall we go have a look?” so we went and parked up round in one of the stony car parks.

Firefighter at scene of Fort Cumberland Road fire by Arpit Patel PPP-160815-155330001

‘We got out the car walked up through the field from the other end of where the smoke was coming.

‘We saw something that was on fire in a field close to the bushes, so we called 999.’

Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Ryan Hughes PPP-160815-155142001
Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Ryan Hughes PPP-160815-155156001
Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Arpit Patel PPP-160815-155127001
Firefighter at scene of Fort Cumberland Road fire by Arpit Patel PPP-160815-155330001
Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Ryan Hughes PPP-160815-155142001
Fire in bushes at Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney submitted by reader Ryan Hughes PPP-160815-155156001