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Kent firefighters put out cornfield blaze started deliberately

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent Fire and Rescue fire crews were called to reports of a fire in corn fields off Highsted Road, in Rodmersham, Sittingbourne at 3pm Saturday. (August 14)

Two fire engines were despatched to the fire which destroyed an area of approximately 10m x 10m of corn.

Fire safety officers believe the ignition was started deliberately.

No casualties were reported.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue said: "Grass fires are more common in the summer months, when the ground is dry and can cause flames to spread more quickly.

"Incidents like this can have a devastating impact, injuring or killing wildlife, destroying property and livelihoods, and even putting people’s lives at risk.

You can help to reduce the risk of a grass fire, by:

When lighting a bonfire, keep it to a manageable size, make sure it’s well clear of greenery and property.

Avoid having a bonfire in windy weather.

Dispose of smoking materials responsibly, making sure they’re fully stubbed out and cooled before being put in a bin

Place disposable barbecues on a sturdy, non-flammable surface when cooking.

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