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Bournemouth fire: Crowds panic as huge flames erupt at beach – VIDEO

A huge fire broke out on a hill leading to the Bournemouth seafront. Several fire engines were at the scene tackling the blaze and police officers have closed nearvy roads. One firefighter is attempting to keep the fire under control from above in a crane.  The fire, on West Undercliff, affected three beach huts and approximately 100 square meters of heath on the cliff face.

Images online show the fire has destroyed a beach hut.

One woman who lives close wrote on Twitter: “Just over the road from my flat. It’s raining ash in my garden.”

Another added: “Bournemouth headland on fire. Why can’t we be more careful.”

A third person wrote: “Beach hut on fire! Just pray everyone is safe and it doesn’t spread.”

A huge fire broke out on a hill to the bournemouth seafront (Image: TWITTER @OxygenMktg)

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Several fire engines are at the scene tackling the blaze (Image: twitter)

A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said that eight fire engines are currently in attendance.

In a tweet, a spokesman said: “We currently have eight fire Engines in attendance on Westcliffe Promenade near to Bournemouth Pier.

“Please avoid the area, and if you’re on the beach as you read this, please stay well clear and allow our crews to continue to work extremely hard to bring this fire under control.”

The incident comes three years after a large fire broke out on East Cliff in Bournemouth in 2017.

Images online show the fire has destroyed a beach hut (Image: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service)

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It comes as a fire in the 15th century cathedral in the western French city of Nantes blew out stained glass windows and destroyed the grand organ on Saturday, and officials said they suspected arson.

Prosecutor Pierre Sennes told reporters three fires had been started at the site and authorities were treating the incident as a criminal act. He gave no other details.

Officials said an investigation had been opened.

The fire began in the early morning, engulfing the inside of the Gothic structure in massive flames. More than 100 firefighters worked at the site, bringing it under control after several hours and extinguishing it completely by the afternoon.

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Cost of destruction (Image: EXPRESS)

The fire came just over a year after a massive fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which destroyed its roof and main spire.

“After Notre-Dame, the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral is in flames. Support to the firemen who are taking all the risks to save the Gothic jewel,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted from Brussels, where he was attending an EU summit.

The fire broke out behind the grand organ, which was completely destroyed, fire chief Laurent Ferlay told reporters.

Stained glassed windows at the front of the cathedral were blown out and the fire also consumed a 19th century painting that had come from Rome.

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