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Spate of woodland fires 'likely to be arson'

PUBLISHED: 19:44 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 19:53 28 March 2019

Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Firefighters were called to a series of woodland fires that are thought to have been started deliberately.

Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath.

Having dealt with the blazes by 4pm and returned to their stations, firefighters were called around 15 minutes later to reports of more fires in the same area.

Three crews - two from Lowestoft south and one from Lowestoft north - were mobilised, as well as a multi-purpose off-road vehicle.

Firefighters took two hose reels through a resident’s garden and were able to extinguish the “substantial flames”.

Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews were called shortly after 3pm to Fisher Row at Camps Heath, near Oulton Broad, following reports of two fires near a public footpath. Picture: North Lowestoft Fire Station / Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

“This time of year you wouldn’t get a naturally occurring fire of this kind,” said firefighter Paul Johnston.

“Some members of the public have told us they saw some youths who were evasive when approached.

“The patches of fire are most likely to be arson. It’s fairly clear someone has lit them given the fires were in four different areas, but the investigation is not officially complete.

“It was lucky we had the appliances available to mobilise.”

Police officers were also at the scene, trying to find those responsible for starting the fires.

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