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Second fire breaks out at Reading Festival

Firefighters rush to put out campsite blaze

A fire crew on the Reading Festival 2008 campsite
A second fire broke out at the Reading Festival today (August 24) in the main campsite area.

A firefighter answering a distress call from the campsite told NME.COM that a blaze had occurred after a campfire got out of hand but no festival-goers were hurt.

The firefighter explained that services managed to deal with the blaze before it could spread significantly or cause much damage to property or people.

One fire rescue team, which was answering the call but did not make it to the site of the blaze before it was dealt with, got stuck in the mud on a campsite walkway.

The driver struggled to force a fire truck out of the mud. When he was finally successful he earned a cheer from nearby punters who had gathered to watch the scene.

The fire was the second blaze of the festival. Yesterday (August 23) a fire broke out at a Reading Festival car park, causing ten vehicles to be burnt out.

NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to the Reading And Leeds Festivals index now.

Plus make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review.

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