Spate of fires give emergency services a busy weekend

The emergency services are currently attending an incident in Chedgrave. Picture: Archant

The emergency services are currently attending an incident in Chedgrave. Picture: Archant - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2011

Emergency services were kept busy over the weekend with a spate of fires across the region.

The first was at 10.15am on Saturday morning, when a crew from Gorleston was called to extinguish a blaze at an area of glass on New Road in Fritton, which had been set alight deliberately.

And just after 5pm on Saturday, the firefighters Gorleston were called to deal with a second suspicious incident, which saw another grassland fire deliberately lit on Suffolk Road in the town.

At 10.40pm that night, about 30 firefighters were scrambled to Cawston Road to deal with a fire at a commercial building in Aylsham.

Appliances from Aylsham, Reepham, Sprowston, North Walsham, the aerial ladder platform from Earlham and the water carrier from Fakenham all attended.


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They used main and hose reel jets to put out the blaze, which Norfolk Fire and Rescue service said had been brought under control by 12.05am.

A boat on fire at Oulton Broad was dealt with by two fire crews from Lowestoft South at 1.20am, with the blaze brought under control by 2.07am.

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And 90 minutes later, at 3.40am, appliances from Heacham and Hunstanton put out a vehicle on fire on the west Norfolk seaside town of Heacham.

'A train carriage on fire' was handled by a crew from Lowestoft South, who were called to Normanston Drive in Lowestoft just after 5.15am.

They had put out the blaze within 30 minutes.

The string of incidents continued on into Sunday, with crews from Aylsham and Earlham called to Cawston at 3.35pm to deal with fire in heathland, and, an hour later, firefighters from Stalham and Mundesley called to 100 square metres of dunes on fire.

They used to hand appliances to put out the blaze.

At the same time, just after 4.30pm, one crew from Cromer also put out a fire in the open at Weybourne.

Just before 6pm, two crews put out a deliberately-lit fire on grassland at Sandringham, and, just after 6.05pm, another put out wood on fire in a derelict building on Daisy Lane in Downham Market.

• Do you have any information? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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