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BURNMOUTH BEACH; Ciggie sparks cliff inferno.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

TALK about getting burnt down at the beach...

An incredible cliff fire lights up the night sky as flames leap 20ft into the air.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the inferno at Bournemouth that also cast a glow over a long line of beach huts.

The blaze could be seen by ships out at sea. Amateur photographer Rob Ferns took this shot. The 52-year-old said: "Firemen worked really hard to control it." Around 34 firefighters spent several hours bringing the blaze under control. It is believed the fire on the 100ft cliff was started by a discarded cigarette or small barbecue.

Gaynor Mant, of Dorset Fire and Rescue, said: "The ground is bone dry at this time of year and people really need to be careful with cigarettes and barbecues and how they dispose of them."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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