Huge fire on Dartmoor - smoke seen from miles around

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A huge fire which broke out on Dartmoor over the bank holiday weekend took firefighters almost 24 hours to tame.

The blaze started in a campervan near Huccaby Tor on Dartmoor at around 3pm on Monday 31 May.

Due to high winds, the blaze quickly spread and stretched across half a mile of gorse on Dartmoor.

Firefighters from across Devon were sent to tackle the blaze, with Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service confirming the blaze was out at 8.15am on Tuesday 1 June.

The blaze quickly took hold. Credit: ITV

The fire service received more than 30 calls about the blaze, which caused huge plumes of smoke which could be seen for miles around.

A spokesperson for the fire service said the blaze was made worse by high winds.

They said: "One campervan was totally destroyed by fire.

"There was approximately one square kilometre of gorseland 95% damaged by fire. There was also some fire damage to the roadway."

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