FIREFIGHTERS had to put out flames in gorse land in Southampton thought to have been started deliberately.

The fire broke out on land off Kanes Hill in Netley Firs at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Crews from St Mary’s and Hightown fire stations arrived to put out the flames in a 50m x 60m patch of trees and bushes.

Ten firefighters used water jets and beaters to put out the flames and spent nearly 90 minutes damping down.