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Firefighters contain another grass fire at Hollow Ponds
Firefighters appear to have quickly contained a grass fire at Hollow Ponds close to the scene of a similar devastating blaze earlier this summer.
Around one hectare of shrubland and trees at the scenic spot has been destroyed by the fire, which broke out at around 4.30pm today.
But by 5pm the flames appeared to have been extinguished.
Fire-fighters remain on the scene this evening to dampen down the land.
There are no reports of any injuries.
A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said one engine crew had been sent to the scene.
The blaze broke out at a patch of land between the public car park in Snaresbrook Road and the boating pond, close to where two larger grass fires broke out two months ago.
Back then, on Friday July 19, more than 120 fire-fighters tackled both blazes in the space of one afternoon at the spot, which is on the border between Wanstead and Leytonstone.
Witness Tony Harris, 34, told the Guardian: "I was doing some push-ups on the other side [of Hollow Ponds] and saw the smoke.
"At first I thought it was a barbecue but when I went closer I thought – whoah, that's no barbecue.
"There was a massive plume of smoke and I could see these huge flames, they seemed like they were 50 feet high.
"They went up so high some of the trees started to catch fire".
Mr Harris, of Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow, added: "It was quite a big area - it's been devastated.
"The grass is really dry at the moment and I'm sure it didn't take much to catch fire, I think it might have been started deliberately".
The Guardian is awaiting a comment from the London Fire Brigade over whether a cause for the July grass fires has been established yet.
An investigation is also expected to be launched into today's fire.
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