Swanage Railway steam train sparks cause fire

Steam train passes Corfe Castle
Image caption 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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