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Aerial footage shows huge area of Sutton Park burnt in suspected arson attack

Fire crews battled a huge blaze believed to have been started by arsonists in one of Birmingham’s most popular parks today.

Flames tore through a large area of Sutton Park – close to Boldmere Gate – today (September 22).

Drone footage released by West Midlands Fire Service shows a huge area of grass destroyed by the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately.

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Sixteen firefighters, along with park rangers, battled the inferno which took hold just before 3pm.

As of 7pm, one fire engine remained at the scene, with the area still being dampened down.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 14:43pm, and sent four crews from Perry Barr, Aston and Sutton Coldfield.

“The fire was near Boldmere Gate and affected a patch of land measuring 100 metres by 150 metres.

The aftermath of the fire, which destroyed a huge area of greenspace

“The area was well alight and one drone and three hose reel jets were used, with water being shuttled from the nearby lake.

“The incident is believed to have been arson.

“One fire crew is still at the scene and we are being assisted by Sutton Park Rangers.

“A total of 16 firefighters and two fire officers were at the incident at its peak.”

An eyewitness from Sutton who asked not to be named said: ” Whilst walking in the park this afternoon I noticed a lot of smoke coming out of Longmoor.

“I thought I should investigate as there appeared to be few people around. Fortunately upon my arrival I found a group of rangers with fire spades in the process of bravely and quite successfully quelling what was a severe fire.

“Fortunately the fire service also arrived quite quickly and started to dampen down what looked like a very large area.

“Sadly I suspect things like this happen all the time often unnoticed. I would publicly like to thank those Rangers and indeed the West Midlands Fire Service for bravely helping to protect our park and the wonderful wildlife found within.”

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