services disrupted by track-side fires in Burnham
services through the Burnham-On-Sea area were disrupted on Monday
afternoon (June 28th) after sparks from a passing steam train
caused THREE line-side grass fires.
fire crew from Burnham was called to Middle Street in Brent Knoll
at around 3.30pm - as pictured here - to extinguish the first
of three blazes, which quickly spread in the dry undergrowth.
steam train, which was travelling from Penzance to Bristol, also
left two other track-side grass fires in its wake - at Accommodation
Road in Lympsham and at New Road in West Hunstpill.
fire officer Dick Solomon told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was
a very busy afternoon for us, with three separate track-side fires
in the Burnham area and several others across the West Country."
each case, fire crews used a hose reel jet to damp down the areas,
along with fire beaters to fully bring the blazes under control.
resident Lester Solway told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The fire
seemed to be started by a double-headed steam engine which was
returning from Penzance to Bristol."
services were delayed for over an hour while the fire brigade
dealt with the two incidents. They returned to normal later in