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Large fire in Ivetsey Bank caused deliberately

October 23 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed the large fire at a property in Wheaton Aston was caused deliberately.

This fire was started deliberately and has caused considerable damage to the building. Fires started on purpose don’t just destroy property but may also put lives at risk. This was a substantial fire which needed a large number of firefighters and resources to bring under control. Starting fires deliberately is not fun: it is the needless use of the Service’s resources.

Fire Investigation Officer Tim Hollingworth

The call reporting the fire at the large disused property on Watling Street was received at about 11.20pm yesterday (Monday, October 22). Crews from Cannock, Brewood, Gnosall, Rugeley, Stone, Stafford, Barton-under-Needwood and Kinver attended along with the aerial ladder platform from Longton. At the height of the incident six pumps and more than 30 firefighters were needed to deal with the blaze which affected most of the building. They used three main jets and several firefighters wore breathing apparatus whilst getting the incident under control. The A5 was also closed for a short while for the safety of both motorists and firefighters. 

The fire was under control and scaled down to one pump by around 7.20am. Firefighters remained at the scene this morning, October 23, to damp down hotspots. 

Fire Investigation Officer Tim Hollingworth said: “This fire was started deliberately and has caused considerable damage to the building. Fires started on purpose don’t just destroy property but may also put lives at risk. This was a substantial fire which needed a large number of firefighters and resources to bring under control. Starting fires deliberately is not fun: it is the needless use of the Service’s resources. This was a large scale incident which meant we also had to close the A5. As this is a main road traffic soon built up and we appreciated the patience of the motorists whilst we dealt with this blaze. Starting fires on purpose is not a joke and takes up considerable resources that could be used to help other people in trouble.”