Fire near National Trust landmark takes five hours to extinguish

PUBLISHED: 21:49 24 June 2020 | UPDATED: 21:49 24 June 2020

An aerial image of Horsey Windpump. Picture: John Fielding

An aerial image of Horsey Windpump. Picture: John Fielding

John Fielding JohnFielding001@gmail.c

Firefighters had to use a boat in a five hour operation to control a blaze near Horsey Windpump.

Emergency services were called shortly before 4pm to a grass fire that had taken hold close to the National Trust site on the Norfolk Broads.

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Fire crews from Marthan and Stalham attended the scene and the fire was brought under control after 9pm.

The iconic windpump is located next to Horsey Mere, about a mile inland from the coast.

Difficulty accessing the fire in undergrowth on the opposite side of the water meant a fire service boat was used.

The car park at the National Trust maintained site was recently reopened following the coronavirus crisis. The windpump remains closed to the public.

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