FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a “deliberate” grass fire in a popular Southend park.

Crews were called to Garons Park in Southend yesterday afternoon following reports of a grass fire.

On arrival, at approxmiately 5:45pm, firefighters confirmed that approximately two hectares of grass and heathland were alight.

Essex Fire believe the fire may of been deliberate. 

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Two crews from Southend and one from Shoebury tackled the blaze for almost an hour.

They used hose reels and water backpack to extinguish the fire by 6:20pm.

A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews were called to grass fire in Garons Park in Southend earlier today.

"We believe this fire may have been caused deliberately.”