A fire broke out at Bournemouth beach in front of hundreds of sunbathers, leaving the beach clothed in smoke, on Monday.
The fire sent smoke billowing up the cliff face and spread to about 30 square metres [330sq ft] of scrubland above the beach. Several fire engines could be seen putting the fire out.
Dorset Police released a statement saying the fire had spread to other huts and that the area had been cordoned off.
Local media alleged that the fire was «accidentally» caused by cooking in the huts.
No injuries were reported after the fire was brought under control.