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Fire fighters battle blaze alongside Dartmouth Steam Railway

Fire crews were called to a grassland fire alongside the Dartmouth Steam Railway tracks on Easter Sunday.
Crews from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Brixham and Buckfastleigh, along with a bowser from Torquay, after multiple reports of smoke coming from the woods alongside the steam engine tracks.
A spokesperson for Dartmouth Fire Station posted on Facebook, saying: Once in attendance crews confirmed there was an area of grassland well alight. Due to the location of the seats of fire it took longer than usual to put it out. Crews used Scotty pro packs, fogging units with cafs, beaters and shacs to put out all the hotspots.
Crews worked hard in a very difficult situation and in hot conditions – without the fire.
The train was stopped for the duration of the work, but once we had finished it was back on and we got a sneaky photo before we had packed up all of our kit.Once we had returned to our stations we then have to clean our equipment and the pumps, this can be time consuming too, so even when we are done at the incident we might be a long time before we go home.”
When asked about the cause of the fire, the spokesperson said: “We are pretty confident that it was started from hot waste materials ejected from the engines chimney/smokestack catching on the very dry ground.”
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