October 24, 2021

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Sunbathers flee as enormous fire breaks out on Bournemouth beach

Emergency services have scrambled to the West Undercliff area, where a cordon has been erected and sun-bathers evacuated. The fire quickly spread from the burning beach huts and has blazed a path of destruction up 100sqm of heath where photos show it is perilously close to the cliff-top hotel and other homes.

Sunbathers fled to safety right now when an inferno erupted inside a Bournemouth seaside hut and ripped throughout throughout the heath-covered cliff over the sands.

It is assumed the fireplace commenced from a gasoline stove becoming used within the wood hut on the busy promenade beneath the the 4-star Highcliff Marriott Hotel.

A guy was found to arrive functioning out of the timber cabin shouting for people to get again as there was a gas canister within that could explode.

Beachgoers were being witnessed abandoning their possessions on the seafront in a bid to escape.

Inside of times the 8ft by 6ft hut was completely engulfed and a loud ‘popping’ sound heard from in.  

The flames spread to two huts possibly facet of it and the grassy cliff powering it.

Owing to the gorse becoming tinder-dry and a robust southerly breeze fanning the flames, a huge 100ft long strip of the sloping cliff was established alight.

Eight fireplace crews raced to scene at 3.50pm and set out the fireplace in the seaside huts and set about tackling the hearth on the cliff.

The blaze on the cliff has now been introduced less than handle and South Western Ambulance Service said there have been no reports of any injuries.

Emergency services have scrambled to the West Undercliff area, where a cordon has been erected and sun-bathers evacuated. The fire quickly spread from the burning beach huts and has blazed a path of destruction up 100sqm of heath where photos show it is perilously close to the cliff-top hotel and other homes.

Crisis products and services have scrambled to the West Undercliff space, where by a cordon has been erected and sunshine-bathers evacuated. The fireplace promptly unfold from the burning seashore huts and has blazed a route of destruction up 100sqm of heath exactly where photographs present it is perilously near to the cliff-leading lodge and other residences.

Due to the gorse being tinder-dry and a strong southerly breeze fanning the flames, a huge 100ft long strip of the sloping cliff was set alight

Due to the gorse being tinder-dry and a potent southerly breeze fanning the flames, a massive 100ft extended strip of the sloping cliff was established alight

The scorched cliff-side being doused by a fireman inside a cherry picker this afternoon - the burnt out huts can be seen on the promenade

The scorched cliff-side becoming doused by a fireman inside a cherry picker this afternoon – the burnt out huts can be noticed on the promenade

Firefighters are battling a huge blaze on Bournemouth beach after three beach huts went up in flames

Firefighters are battling a huge blaze on Bournemouth seashore right after 3 seashore huts went up in flames

Unconfirmed reports suggest the fire was sparked by one of the burning beach huts before quickly engulfing 100sqm of heath

Unconfirmed studies counsel the hearth was sparked by one particular of the burning beach front huts in advance of quickly engulfing 100sqm of heath

A huge fire has erupted on Bournemouth beach, where crowds of sun-seekers are enjoying the warm weathe

Emergency companies have scrambled to the location involving Bournemouth Pier and Branksome seashore, where sun bathers have reportedly been evacuated 

The seaside was packed with 1000’s of readers soaking up the 23C sunny weather conditions.

Amongst individuals closest to the blaze was Jonty Hughes.

Mr Hughes, 22, from Bournemouth, mentioned: ‘I was about 60ft from it when the fire initial started – just inside one particular beach hut.

‘A dude came running out shouting for persons to get back as there was a smaller gasoline canister down the facet of his beach hut.

‘He saved shouting for folks to get out of the way and when it did access the gasoline there ended up masses of pops, which sounded practically like aerosols.

‘The wind pushed the flames up the cliff encounter and the fireplace just rose all the way up from there. It was unbelievable.’

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Brigade said: 'Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with a fire on West Undercliff in Bournemouth, affecting three beach huts and approximately 100 sqm of heath on the cliff face'

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Brigade said: 'Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with a fire on West Undercliff in Bournemouth, affecting three beach huts and approximately 100 sqm of heath on the cliff face'

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Brigade stated: ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Hearth and Rescue Services is at present working with a fireplace on West Undercliff in Bournemouth, affecting a few beach front huts and approximately 100 sqm of heath on the cliff confront.’

Tracey Steadman, a district nurse from Derbyshire, is on holiday in Bournemouth with her three small children, who are aged 18, 14 and 13.

She mentioned there was no sudden explosion but that she read several pops when the fireplace was underway.

Mrs Steadman, 48, said: ‘I did not listen to a bang or anything at all like that. I just turned all over and noticed a big plume of smoke.

‘There had been flames erupting from a person hut and persons ended up compelled to leave their possessions on the seashore to get away properly.

‘There was no time to pack up things like wind-breaks, persons just experienced to abandon them on the sand.

‘I observed a couple of the other huts catch fire and the wind blew the flames onto the hill which went up so speedily.

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‘Thankfully we were about 160ft away but the fire was certainly massive.

Thick black smoke is billowing upwards into the sky as beach-goers watch in horror

Thick black smoke is billowing upwards into the sky as beach front-goers watch in horror

‘The police arrived in just minutes but unfortunately the fireplace brigade had been marginally guiding them so by the time they acquired there, the hill was presently in flames.

‘Firefighters had to climb onto the hill to test and place it out and after that there was just a big amount of smoke.’

The fire commenced about 400 yards west of Bournemouth Pier and just beneath the Highcliff Marriott Resort. 

3 seaside huts have been destroyed.

Law enforcement cleared a segment of the beach front when at the very least five fireplace crews tackled the blaze. 

A person eye witness, who did not desire to be named, explained: ‘Three seaside huts caught hearth then the hearth spread speedily to the cliff.

‘The flames were really thick and an individual in a seaside hut close to to the place it happened rushed out carrying their gasoline canisters to steer clear of a possible explosion.

‘There were a few fire engines tackling it on the seashore entrance and two up leading from what I could notify.

‘They look to have obtained it under management but it was fairly alarming.’

A spokesman for Dorset Law enforcement said: ‘We ended up termed at 3.53pm to reports of a beach hut in the vicinity of to the West Cliff lift on Bournemouth’s West Cliff. The hearth has spread to nearby beach huts and is going up the cliff.

‘Members of the public are staying recommended to keep away from the place.

‘The fire support is dealing with the incident. A cordon is in put for the protection of customers of the general public and officers are at the scene to assist with the closures.’

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Hearth and Rescue claimed: ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Fireplace and Rescue Company is at this time working with a fire on West Undercliff in Bournemouth, impacting 3 seaside huts and about 100 sq. metres of heath on the cliff facial area.

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‘We ended up named to the scene at 3.51pm and have fireplace crews in attendance from Redhill Park, Springbourne, Westbourne and Christchurch, alongside one another with the aerial equipment from Westbourne. Added crews are en route.

‘The fire is causing important smoke throughout the promenade and across West Hill Street. Folks are asked to stay away from the space, and to retain doorways and windows closed as a precaution.’

Dorset and Wiltshire Hearth Brigade claimed: ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Hearth and Rescue Services is now working with a fireplace on West Undercliff in Bournemouth, affecting 3 beach front huts and around 100 sqm of heath on the cliff experience.

‘We were referred to as to the scene at 3.51pm and have fireplace crews in attendance from Redhill Park, Springbourne, Westbourne and Christchurch, collectively with the aerial appliance from Westbourne. Additional crews are en route.

‘The fireplace is resulting in important smoke throughout the promenade and throughout West Hill Road. 

‘People are requested to stay away from the location, and to hold doors and windows closed as a precaution.’ 

Dramatic pictures show an inferno ripping down a steep bank of trees adjacent to the sand

Remarkable shots show an inferno ripping down a steep financial institution of trees adjacent to the sand

Dorset Police tweeted: ‘Please stay clear of the location of the West Cliff carry on Bournemouth’s West Cliff following a beach hut hearth, which has distribute to nearby seaside huts and is relocating up the cliff. 

‘A cordon is in area for the security of users of the general public. We are assisting with the cordon.’

The seaside town is one of the most well-liked coastal places in the region and nowadays drew hundreds of folks. 

Ross Millen, of the Bournemouth Echo, tweeted: ‘A huge phase of the cliff concerning Bournemouth pier and Branksome seaside has caught fireplace. 

‘Emergency solutions all on scene and the segment of seaside closest the hearth has been evacuated.

‘Locals indicating they initially smelt the smoke from the town centre all-around 45 minutes in the past.’