Forty firefighters tackle large peat blaze

     Forty firefighters tackle large peat blaze

28 May 2008

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 Carlisle, England, UK — Forty firefighters tackled 1,000 square metres of blazing peat and moss near Carlisle yesterday.

Crews from Brampton, Longtown, Carlisle, Lazonby, Wigton, Penrith and Silloth were called to the fire near Hethersgill after the blaze was reported at 1.45pm.

Firefighters brought in a bulk water bowser from Penrith and set up a series of hoses to try to beat the blaze.

Mike Smith, group manager for Cumbria, said: “We are not concerned about any houses but do have concerns about nearby woodland. These things can go on for days. It is not being treated as suspicious.”

Around 14 lorries queued up outside Bolton Fell Peat Works, unable to load up peat to distribute around the country.

The incident began to scale down at 7pm, with one fire engine waiting nearby overnight.

Mr Smith was due to return at 7am today to inspect the site.

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