Firefighters prevent field fire from spreading to houses

Firefighters prevent field fire from spreading to houses

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Michael Owens

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Firefighters prevent field fire from spreading to houses

Early intervention from firefighters stopped a field fire from spreading to homes in Maidenhead Court Park on Monday.

Flames spread across an area measuring about  400x800m - about two thirds of the field - of wheat 'stubble'.

One fire crew from Maidenhead fire station was called out at 1.54pm but four more engines had to be called out to contain the fire and stop it from buring down nearby houses.

The crews said it was unclear what the cause was but it ‘was spreading like wildfire’.

Eight hose reels and two main hose jets had to be used to smother the blaze and stop them from spreading before they left the scene at 4.30pm.

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