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Huge gorse fire breaks out in west Cornwall

Huge gorse fire breaks out in west Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 4:09pm 4th August 2018. (Updated at 8:57am 5th August 2018)

Firefighters believe a huge gorse fire that broke out in west Cornwall was started on purpose.

Teresa Benison tweeted this photo after spotting the flames from her kitchen window at Pendeen.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says they received a string of 999 calls to the blaze on The Carn.

The smoke could be seen for miles and crews from St Just, St Ives and Penzance were scrambled.

They confirmed the fire broke out at around 12.30pm on Saturday, engulfing two acres of gorse.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue service received multiple calls from members of the public reporting a fire on The Carn, Pendeen.

"Initially two pumps from St Just and one pump from Penzance Community Fire Station were immediately mobilised by Critical Control along with a whole time officer.

"On arrival, the officer in charge confirmed two acres of gorse alight. Crews started to tackle the fire using beaters and water.

"The officer in charge requested to make pumps three and 4x4 vehicles for water. One pump and one 4x4 vehicle from St Ives Community Fire Station was immediately mobilised by Critical Control.

"Crews are making good progress and have a water shuttle in place. Approximately 100m of high gorse has been tackled with water and beaters.

"Arson was suspected for this incident”.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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