Firefighters are continuing to urge people not to burn rubbish after an investigation found a large fire at a derelict barnhouse was caused by embers from a nearby bonfire.
We continue to urge people not to burn rubbish, manure or start any sort of bonfire as there’s a huge risk that it could get out of control or in this case, blow towards a building that ends up with catastrophic damage.
A total of 45 firefighters were sent to fight a roof fire at a barnhouse on Burton Road in Needwood at 8.51am this morning (17 April).
Crews from Tutbury, Cheadle, Barton-under-Needwood, Uttoxeter, Lichfield, Stone, Chase Terrace and two crews from Burton-on-Trent attended the blaze and split the fire into three sectors, using three main jets, two hose reel jets and two sets of breathing apparatus to put out the flames.
An investigation into the cause of the fire deemed it accidental and was caused by embers blown from a nearby bonfire. No one was injured.
Firefighters also used water from Kingstanding Pool in rapid time to ensure the flames didn’t spread to nearby properties.
Station Manager Gary Fox, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The building was being used to store building materials and was in very close proximity to an occupied house and farm outbuildings recently converted for housing.
“Although they were empty, there was a real risk of the fire spreading to all of the nearby buildings which could have had a devastating effect.
“We continue to urge people not to burn rubbish, manure or start any sort of bonfire as there’s a huge risk that it could get out of control or in this case, blow towards a building that ends up with catastrophic damage.
“The risk of bonfires getting out of control is high and often the smoke can aggravate people’s health conditions.
“We understand that Covid-19 is having a huge impact of people’s daily lives and while it’s great that people are staying at home to help save lives, choosing to start a bonfire could also put lives at risk.”