Busy night for firefighters who tackled blazes, traffic accidents, building collapse and mud rescue (From Daily Echo)
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Busy night for firefighters who tackled blazes, traffic accidents, building collapse and mud rescue
IT was a busy night for Hampshire firefighters, who tackled a number of blazes, road traffic collisions, building collapse and rescue from mud.
Crews from Hartley Wintney, Fleet, Rushmoor and Yateley were called to a large fire in Hazeley Heath, just before 6pm.
More than 20 firefighters spent around three hours extinguishing the blaze, which damaged an area of heathland approximately the size of five football pitches.
Just after 6pm, crews from Hightown, Redbridge and Eastleigh cut a woman free from a car following a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between junctions five and seven.
She was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Fordingbridge firefighters were then called at 10.30pm to assist with the partial collapse of a ceiling in Whitsbury, which left a man with injuries to his arm and in need of hospital treatment.
Just after 1am this morning firefighters from Andover, Kingsclere, Eastleigh and Fareham rescued five people trapped in mud, after their vehicle left Old Winton Road, in Andover.
They were freed and taken to safety by firefighters.
A man was also cut from his car by crews from Ringwood, Burley and Redbridge after it collided with the central reservation on the A31, near Poulner Hill, just before 2.30am.
To end the night, 16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh joined an animal rescue specialist to tackle a fire in Botley, where a chicken shed housing 30 chickens had caught fire.
Crews also dealt with chimney fires in the New Forest and Eversley, near Hook.
Andy Bowers, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with.
“Despite this being an extremely busy and challenging night for the service, we were able to respond and assist the public quickly and safely right across the country.
“However, we would obviously prefer to prevent these type of incidents occurring in the first place. With winter now approaching, we would urge the public to take extra precautions, both at home and on the road.”
For more information about staying safe visit hantsfire.gov.uk.
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