LATEST: Young people have lucky escape from ‘massive’ moorland blaze in Derbyshire

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A group of young people had a lucky escape when a major blaze engulfed a Derbyshire moor, it has emerged.

Firefighters from Glossop were called to Arnfield Moor, Tintwistle, which is above the A628 Woodhead Pass, at about 7.30pm last night.

A spokesman for Derbyshire fire service revealed this afternoon that a group of young people who had become disorientated and trapped on the moor amid the blaze were led to safety by crews.

Eyewitnesses described the fire as “massive”.

The fire service said it received about 40 calls regarding the incident from concerned members of the public.

Firefighters managed to prevent the flames from spreading and left them to burn overnight. The fire is now out.

The fire service spokesman said: “Firefighters, Peak Park rangers and the landowners reinspected the scene this morning and no further action is needed.”

They added: “We would like to remind people of the dangers of being on moorland at night. Fire, however started, can spread quickly creating a dangerous and frightening situation.”

It is not clear how the fire started.

For more information about preventing moorland fires, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk