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Film crew shooting star-studded drama help put out large fire

PUBLISHED: 18:35 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 19 July 2018

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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A film crew shooting scenes for a star-studded costume drama came to the rescue, after more than 20 acres of cornfields were destroyed by a series of fires which broke out along the Weybourne Road railway embankment towards Sheringham.

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFirefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Six appliances and two water carriers were called to a large fire near Weybourne Windmill, with a further three crews attending smaller fires towards Sheringham golf course.

Norfolk Fire Service operational support officer Paul Richardson said the cause of the blaze, which took just over an hour to extinguish, was as yet unknown.

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFirefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Praising firefighters for their fast actions in “arduous conditions”, he added: “Standing corn will burn as quick as you can run, but what we were able to do was to stop the fire from spreading into the next field, which would then have impinged on housing.”

He thanked the film crew, who were working on Weybourne beach on an adaptation of Dickens’ David Copperfield starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi.

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFirefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“They saw the fire from where they were and brought up their own water carrier so went around the fire ground topping up our tanks, which was really good of them,” Mr Richardson explained.

Nigel Smith, of Priory Holdings, which owns the fields, said the site had previously been hit by fire in 2002.

Firefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFirefighters tackling a series of fires that broke out in fields along Weybourne Road Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Fire crews damping down the flames at Weybourne
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFire crews damping down the flames at Weybourne Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Firefighters heading for the blackened fields at Weybourne
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFirefighters heading for the blackened fields at Weybourne Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Fire crews damping down the flames at Weybourne
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFire crews damping down the flames at Weybourne Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Photo: Lyndon SwiftPhoto: Lyndon Swift

Fire in Weybourne, near Sheringham. Photo: Ann EcclestonFire in Weybourne, near Sheringham. Photo: Ann Eccleston

Another view of the fire near Sheringham. Picture: SAMUEL WRIGHTAnother view of the fire near Sheringham. Picture: SAMUEL WRIGHT

Another view of the blaze. Picture: ALICE WELLSAnother view of the blaze. Picture: ALICE WELLS

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