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.