Published: May 11, 2010
'Suspicious' blaze extinguished by Burnham-On-Sea fire crew

A plume of smoke towered over the outskirts of Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (May 11th) when fire crews were called to tackle a "suspicious" blaze.

Firefighters were called to Alstone Road at 1pm, as pictured here, when a resident reported seeing the thick black smoke.

"A large amount of rubbish was believed to have been set alight maliciously," fire brigade spokesman Paul Slavin told

"One hose reel jet and other equipment was used to bring the fire under control."

It is the latest in a spate of local fires that are believed to have been started deliberately during recent weeks. reported on other suspicious fires on May 5th and April 15th at the former Highbridge Hotel site. Separately, a car was damaged on April 20th when a fence was set alight in the town centre.


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