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VIDEO: A late-night fire scrambles crews to Looe

VIDEO: A late-night fire scrambles crews to Looe

Published by Emma Carton at 9:23am 12th June 2018. (Updated at 11:40am 12th June 2018)

Firefighters spent the evening battling a large blaze in Looe.

Crews from the town and Liskeard were scrambled after a string of reports about a fire in the open.

These photos show the extent of the flames and smoke billowing across East Looe on Monday.

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When firefighters arrived at Shutta Road, they discovered a bonfire described as out of control.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service used a pump and jets to douse the flames at around 9.30pm.

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A spokesperson said: "At 21:30 this evening, the Critical Control Centre received numerous calls regarding a fire in the open.

"One appliance from Looe Fire station was mobilised. On arrival, crews found an out of control bonfire and requested the attendance of another appliance.

"Liskeard and a whole time officer were immediately mobilised.

"Firefighters made good progress using a light portable pump and main jet. Crews remain on scene damping down and making up".

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Local councillor Edwina Hannaford took these photos and posted: "Vegetation fire above Shutta Road quickly under control by Looe Fire and Rescue. No one injured. Well done guys".

Planning a large bonfire?

If you are planning a large bonfire in Cornwall, inform Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service before you start by dialing 0203 162 2240 and tell the Critical Control Operator:

  • Your location. 
  • Time you intend to start burning. 
  • Confirm when you have finished burning.

This helps avoid sending fire engines to false alarms when they could be responding to a real emergency.

With controlled burns, it is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.

Always ensure a fire is completely out before you leave it and check next day to ensure it has not reignited.

You can read more advice from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service here or watch more footage from Monday's fire...

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