Fire crews tackle large blaze near Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A large area of Norfolk reed and dried grass, between the Gaywood River and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, caught light this afternoon.

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

At the height of the fire, the large plume of smoke could be seen from the A10 as far south as Tottenhill.

Three pumps from King's Lynn and Sandringham were sent to tackle the blaze, after the alarm was raised at 12.30pm.

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

They could access the scene from the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way, but pumps could not get across soft ground around the burning reed.

Firefighters used backpack sprayers to tackle the flames.

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

A large area of reed alight near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant


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Clouds of smoke were blowing across the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a few hundred yards from the fire.

'The fire to the rear of the hospital grounds is not affecting our services,' a spokesman said. 'Staff have been alerted as a precaution.'

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It is not known how the blaze started, but firefighters tackled a fire at the same scene on Saturday.

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