BUSHES were set ablaze on a disused railway line behind Wealdstone Cemetery yesterday evening.
The fires were tackled in a hedgerow and trees 100m apart at the side of what used to be the Belmont Rattler track between Wealdstone and Belmont.
Firefighters from Harrow and Stanmore Fire Stations were called out at 7.40pm and had to break into Wealdstone Cemetery in Byron Road, Wealdstone - which backs on to the former railway line - to get their fire engines close enough to quell the flames.
David George, green watch manager at Harrow, said: "There were three separate fires along a path in bushes and trees. There was nobody trapped and we were there for an hour and a half.
"The only difficulty was access. It was quite a lot of work. We had to gain access through a cemetery at the end of Byron Park."
The Observer understands Harrow Police are investigating whether this was an act of arson.
Mr George said: "It's worth highlighting the dangers. There was a hole in the cemetery fence and it was quite obviously well used.
"It took a while to gain access for our engines down there, and with the very dry weather recently, the fires could have been much bigger and that would have proved difficult to put out."
The Belmont Rattler was a single track steam train service that linked Harrow and Wealdstone Station and Stanmore Station and whose former route is now owned by Harrow Council.