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Blaze at derelict building on Salisbury Road in Burton believed started deliberately

MULTIPLE fire crews battled a large blaze, believed to have been started deliberately, which engulfed a derelict building at Burton.

It’s the second time in three weeks the structure on Salisbury Road, thought to be a static caravan in undergrowth, has been alight.

The alarm was raised shortly after 6.30pm yesterday (Monday), and firefighters from across Dorset responded.

Multiple fire crews responded to the incident (picture: Morgan Ritchie-Haydn)
Multiple fire crews responded to the incident (picture: Morgan Ritchie-Haydn)

Large plumes of smoke were seen from some distance away as the road was closed while the inferno was tackled.

Crews from Christchurch, Springbourne, Redhill Park, Westbourne, Poole and Hamworthy were helped by a crew from New Milton.

They spent nearly seven hours containing the incident.

A Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said today (Tuesday): “A reinspection was carried out at 7am this morning to check for hotspots, but thankfully none were found.

“This is believed to have been started deliberately.”

Confirming no injuries had been reported from the blaze, a Dorset Police spokesperson said enquiries were ongoing to establish the cause.

On 23rd May, shortly before 6.30pm, firefighters were alerted to flames engulfing the same building.

Crews from Christchurch, Redhill Park and Springbourne spent over seven-and-a-half hours containing the fire.

The Dorset Police spokesperson said officers were made aware but did not attend that incident, which is not currently being linked with the latest one.

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