Fires set across woodland near Hampshire industrial estate being investigated by police

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Credit: Hampshire and Isle of Wight News

Around 30 firefighters were called to the scene of a large fire near an industrial estate in Hampshire.

Crews were called at 3.41pm on Saturday (13 August) to tackle the blaze involving five hectares of grass and woodland near Calmore Industrial Estate.

Police officers are now investigating the incident after five fires were set in the Testwood Lake and Test Lane area of Totton.

The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Control Room received more than 25 emergency calls reporting the fire.

Firefighters have been tackling a number of fires across Hampshire during the hot weather. Credit: Hampshire and Isle of Wight News

Hose reels and jets were operation, with firefighters working to create a fire break in order to protect nearby property.

People are urged to avoid the area as crews work to stop the fire.

Acting Inspector Mel Spooner from Hampshire Police said: “Fortunately the fire service have been able to bring the fires under control quickly and no one has been injured. "However, with the dry climate and the fires being set in close proximity to houses and business premises, there could have been a very different outcome."

Police officers are now investigating after five fires were set in the area. Credit: Hampshire and Isle of Wight News

Officers will now be out patrolling the area and carrying out house to house enquiries.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the fires being set or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, to call the police immediately. If you have any information please get in touch and help us find the person or people responsible.”

Anyone with information is being asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 1797 of today’s date (13 August).