Pictures show destruction from football pitch-sized fire after crews from across county descended on Derbyshire town

Crews from across the county were deployed to a large blaze in a Derbyshire town yesterday.

Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 12:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 12:40 pm

At 5pm on Wednesday, July 22, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reported that they were attending an incident on Sandy Lane, Matlock.

Crews from Matlock, Buxton, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Glossop – supported by all-terrain vehicles and a water carrier – were scrambled to the scene.

The blaze spread over a 150x50m area – consisting mostly of scrub and woodland – which is roughly the size of a football pitch. Residents were urged to keep their windows and doors closed while crews tackled the blaze.

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The fire was reported yesterday evening.

Firefighters using hose reel jets, beaters and water backpacks were eventually able to put the fire out last night.

A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The fire was extinguished last night and crews have returned this morning to continue to check for hotspots.

“Crews did a great job preventing the fire spreading to a power line and causing disruption.”

Crews from all over Derbyshire were sent to tackle the blaze.
A football pitch-sized piece of land was badly damaged.
The fire was brought under control last night after several hours.