Firefighters tackle large grass blaze in Purbrook as fire starts in three hectares of standing crops

A LARGE crop fire in Purbrook was tackled by around 30 firefighters this afternoon.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 8:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 8:28 pm

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue vehicles were called to the blaze in Pigeon House Lane at 3.55pm.

Teams from Southsea, Cosham, Fareham Portchester, and Havant were mobilised to the flames.

Scott Yule, crew manager at Havant, did not attend the call-out but said that the fire took place in an area of around three hectares of standing crops at the back of Portsdown Hill.

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Pump and crew from the Southsea branch of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. Picture: Mike Cooter (080621)

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He said: 'We're not sure what the cause was, but it took about two hours to extinguish in total.

'There were five fire appliances, including two Land Rovers, one from Havant and from Fareham.'

The electricity board were requested as the fire was initially spreading towards a number of electrical pylons.

Crews used two jets, three hose reel jets and beaters to stop the fire before damping down the scene.Firefighters left the scene following the stop message at 5.27pm.

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