Blaze tackled at Dunmow Recreation Ground

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Great Dunmow Recreation Ground. Picture: HANNAH WOODHEAD

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Great Dunmow Recreation Ground. Picture: HANNAH WOODHEAD - Credit: Archant

A specialist fire engine was sent to Great Dunmow Recreation Ground on Friday evening after a blaze was deliberately started.

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Great Dunmow Recreation Ground. Picture: HANNAH WOODHEAD

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Great Dunmow Recreation Ground. Picture: HANNAH WOODHEAD - Credit: Archant

Both fire crews from the town and a Pinzgauer off-road appliance from South Woodham Ferrers were called to St Edmunds Way at 7.50pm to reports of a wooden footpath which had been set alight.

The off-road engine was requested as access to the incident was difficult, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Back-pack sprayers from the appliance were used to extinguish the fire.

The fire affected approximately 15 metres of the path.


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Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading any further by using a saw to separate the rest of the path.

The blaze was extinguished by 10.20pm.

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The cause of the fire was recorded as deliberate.

Concerns were raised in August this year of anti-social behaviour at the recreation ground, with mum-of-three Chloe Hopkins launching a Get Back Dunmow Rec campaign in a bid to reclaim the space for members of the public.

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