Blaze at dunes area ‘has happened before’

It took about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire at Cresswell dunes on the evening of Wednesday, June 10. Picture by EDJR Photography (Euan Russell).
It took about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire at Cresswell dunes on the evening of Wednesday, June 10. Picture by EDJR Photography (Euan Russell).
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A fire brigade was required after sand dunes on a Northumberland beach were set alight, writes Joshua Megwa.

The county’s fire and rescue service was called to Cresswell dunes shortly after 7pm on Wednesday, June 10 to a report of grassland on fire near the Drift Inn Cafe.

One engine from Pegswood Fire Station attended and firefighters dealt with the blaze, which covered about 750 square metres. It was put out after around 40 minutes.

Local resident and photographer Euan Russell said: “This sort of thing has happened at least four times in the two-and-a-half years I’ve been here.

“All that can be done is being done, but the travelling community move on straight away after an incident like this so they can’t be tracked.”

Pegswood Fire Station manager Darren Nelson said that initial investigations suggest the fire was started deliberately.