Friday, June 10, 2011

Massive fire gets to within 100 yards of homes... no, this isn't in the States, this is in DORSET, BRITAIN - 10th June 2011


The massive heathland fire in Dorset has been put out, after nearly 200 firefighters tackled the fierce blaze threatening homes in the area.

Residents living near Upton Heath, in Poole, Dorset, were put on alert that their properties could be at risk when the fire, spanning more than 1,000 square metres, grew in strong winds.

The fires were finally extinguished just 100 yards from a residential area.

Residents living near Upton Heath, in Poole, Dorset, were put on alert that their properties could be at risk when the fire, spanning more than 1,000 square metres, grew in strong winds.

The fires were finally extinguished just 100 yards from a residential area.

Emergency crews, who were called to the scene at 2pm yesterday, said the fire was the largest to hit the area since 1976.

Eight hours later firefighters had extinguished the blaze but were still putting out small pockets of fire and warned people to stay off the heath.

A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: 'The fire is now out and all buildings are safe. There are still a few small pockets of fire which crews are dealing with and will be dealing with overnight. We are asking people to stay off the heath and keep themselves safe.'

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing but the spokesman suggested it could have been 'malicious'.

One firefighter was taken to hospital with 'extreme exhaustion' and another suffered burns to his arm, while four people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Homes in nearby Beacon Hill Road were evacuated while properties in Long Meadow Lane were also understood to be under threat.

Strong winds were causing the intense fire to spread, spanning an area of more than 1,000 square metres, to mushroom, amid fears that neighbouring properties could be at risk. Read More