Firefighters saved an 80ft tree that was alight at St Catherine's Hill in Winchester

Daily Echo: Firefighters save 80ft tree after fire at beauty spot Firefighters save 80ft tree after fire at beauty spot

FIREFIGHTERS stopped an 80ft tree from going up in flames last night.

One appliance from Winchester Fire Station attended the blaze inside a beech tree at St Catherine's Hill, Winchester.

Watch manager Chris Roper said a small fire had been started nearby at the beauty spot which had spread up the tree's roots.

He said: “It looks like a fire had been started either to keep people warm or cook food and it spread into the tree internally. We had to call for chainsaws to cut a section out of the tree so we could put it out.”

The incident took place at around 5.30pm on Saturday.

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