Fire crews spend five hours putting out peat and grass fire in Norwich

Crews are tackling a blaze at the former Little Plumstead Hospital site

Crews are tackling a blaze at the former Little Plumstead Hospital site - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Firefighters in Norwich called in help from Thetford after a fire broke out in peat and woodland in the early hours of this morning.

Crews from Sprowston were called to the fire on Plumstead Road East in the city just after 3.20am.

The fire was initially contained to grass, but later reignited in peat.

Though the scale of the blaze was relatively small, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said it was in a location which was difficult to reach, and firefighters spent until 8.30am making sure it was fully extinguished.

They also called a fogging unit, a system which damps down fires using a fine water mist, from Thetford to use on the peat.

Firefighters believe it had been deliberately ignited.

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