Swallowfield: Crews from across Reading attend ‘large fire’

EMERGENCY services recently attended a large fire near Reading.

The blaze has since been brought under control by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS).

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The fire broke out at around 1.28pm, and consisted of 40 acres of standing crop in Church Road, Swallowfield.

Six fire crews Whitley Wood, Wokingham, Wokingham Road, Mortimer, Crowthorne, Dee Road and two specialist vehicles from Maidenhead were sent to the scene.

The service said that residents will have seen “a lot of smoke” but that the fire has now been brought under control.

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Posting on social media, the organisation shared pictures of the scene at Swallowfield, where smoke can be seen rising from the ground as a fire truck approaches.

Firefighters used two 4×4 vehicles, 10 hose reel jets and 10 beaters to extinguish the fire.

Crews were at the scene for approximately an hour and 35 minutes.

A spokeswoman from RBFRS said: “We would like to remind all residents to take care while out and about.

“If you do spot a fire in the open, get to a safe place and call 999 immediately.”

Reading Chronicle