Hedgerow and conifers well alight in Ross-on-Wye

By Nigel Walrond   |   Sports Editor   |
Friday 14th July 2017 8:24 am
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Ross-on-Wye fire crew were called to Ashfield Park Road, just off Walford Road, during the early hours this morning (Friday, July 14th) after 30 metres of hedgerow and conifers caught on fire.

A spokesperson from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service told the Ross Gazette that a 999 call was made at 1.18am. Two appliances were sent to the scene and firefighters used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

The Ross Gazette has contacted West Mercia Police, to ask whether local officers are investigating the cause of the fire.

More updates to follow.Update: A member of Ross-on-Wye Tennis Centre told the Gazette that the hedgerow on fire bordered a local family's garden, close to the tennis club. He added that their home could have also gone up in flames. He added that four burnt-out cones had been found near to the scorched hedgerow and conifers.Update: Police in Ross are investigating the cause of the fire and officers are appealing for information from the public to help with their inquiries. A spokesperson for West Mercia Police told the Ross Gazette: "Between the hours of 1am and 1:15am today (July 14th), police were called to reports of a hedge on fire at the bottom of a property on Ashfield Park Road. Upon further inspection by the Fire Service, evidence left at the scene suggests that this was a case of arson."They added: "We would urge you to get in contact if you witnessed this incident, or if you have any information that may be able to assist us with our investigation. Please call 101, quoting incident 35S of 14 July."

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