ANDOVER firefighters attended a large fire that broke out on a gorse land on Easter Sunday.

The fire covered an area of five hectares of gorse land in Yateley Common in Camberley.

This is equivalent to approximately seven football pitches.

Firefighters from Hartley Wintney, Rushmoor, and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service first attended the incident.

Further support vehicles from Fleet, Andover, and Eastleigh also joined the crews who were called shortly before 5.30pm.

The crews quickly managed to surround the fire and had it under control within two hours of arriving at the scene.

During the operation, six hose reels were used. The fire was declared under control at 7.38pm.

Police were informed as it is believed the fire was started deliberately.