Swanage Railway steam train sparks cause fire

Steam train passes Corfe Castle The fire was started between Corfe Castle and Afflington Bridge

Firefighters had to be called after sparks from a steam train started a fire on a railway embankment in Dorset.

The fire covered an area of grassland by Swanage Railway between Corfe Castle and Afflington Bridge.

It was reported by a member of the public shortly before 16:30 BST on Sunday and tackled by 17:00.

A Dorset Fire spokesman said: "A steam train passed through throwing out hot sparks which resulted in the very dry track side vegetation catching alight."

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