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More than 100 firefighters tackle Dorset heath fire

Burnt heathland at Studland
Fire investigators said it was not yet known how the fire began

More than 100 firefighters have been tackling a heath fire in Dorset.

Crews, along with 10 fire engines, were called to deal with about 10 hectares (25 acres) of gorse and heathland on fire at Coronella Hill, Studland.

The fire broke out shortly after 1200 BST and continued for about two hours, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said.

Several fire engines remained at the scene damping down. An inquiry is under way but it is thought the fire started next to a nearby water treatment plant.

Dorset Fire and Rescue area manager Adrian Crook said: "It is fair to say that we have ruled nothing out.

"The cause of the fire is being investigated but we have had three serious and damaging fires in the area in the past few weeks.

"We are working very closely with Dorset Police and the National Trust to stem this spate of incidents, however they started."



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