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Fire warning issued after Bawsey incident on hottest bank holiday ever

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Firefighters issued a bonfire warning after they were called to an incident in West Norfolk on bank holiday Monday.

Lynn-based units were called to the incident on Gayton Road, Bawsey, at around 10.10am.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service chiefs said the blaze had been started deliberately.

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They added: "Due to the hot and dry weather advice was given to discourage further bonfires."

The incident was one of several attended by crews in the area during another record-breaking period of hot weather.

A fire on an embankment on Station Road, Watlington, was reported shortly after 1pm on Tuesday, while a similar incident had broken out on Stow Road, Magdalen at around 4.40pm on Monday.

Elsewhere, a grassland fire was reported in Upwell shortly before 6pm on Sunday, but had been put out before crews arrived.

Temperatures of more than 33 degrees Celsius were recorded near Heathrow airport, smashing the previous record of 28.2 degrees set at Holbeach two years ago. A record high temperature was also set on Sunday.

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