Balloon crash fears sparked by gorse fire
Firefighters were called to a gorse fire in Cornwall at the weekend, with several 999 callers mistakenly believing it had been caused by a hot air balloon crash.
When firefighters arrived at Carn Brea, near Redruth, on Saturday evening they discovered a 15 square metre (50 sq ft) patch of gorse alight.
Despite searching the area, no evidence of a hot air balloon was found. A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "There were varying reports of a possible hot air balloon having crashed and setting the gorse alight.
"Appliances from Redruth and Camborne attended and found no debris or persons which would have indicated a crash site."
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The gorse fire was extinguished using beaters and is thought to have been started deliberately.
Arsonists are also thought to have started a gorse fire at Rosenannon Downs, near St Columb, earlier in the day.