Firefighters are urging people to think twice following a spate of deliberate fires in open spaces.
Fires that are caused deliberately or carelessly in the open can have devastating effects on the environment, but importantly endanger people’s lives and homes
Crews were called to four deliberate fires in Burton-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent last night – causing firefighters to be taken away from what could potentially be real life-threatening emergencies.
Firefighters were called to a small bonfire at around 6.50pm on Craythorne Road in Stretton, Burton-on-Trent. At around 8pm, crews were called to Chesterton Park on King Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme to a report of a wheelie bin on fire that was deliberately set alight and at around 9pm, a report of children setting fire to items on Stansmore Road in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, was also received. Thankfully, all three fires were put out before the arrival of firefighters.
A crew from Sandyford also used one hose reel jet to put out a pile of rubbish that was on fire in an alleyway off Dollys Lane in Burslem at around 1am.
Prevent and Protect Group Manager Dermot Hogan, said: “Fires that are caused deliberately or carelessly in the open can have devastating effects on the environment, but importantly endanger people’s lives and homes.
“Deliberate fires waste valuable time and resources that could be better used elsewhere, helping those in trouble or carrying out preventative work in the community.
“I would ask that parents and carers teach their children the dangers of starting fires deliberately and make sure they understand that not only could they hurt themselves or others, but they could end up with a hefty fine or serve jail time.”
Suspicious behaviour or criminal activity should always be reported to 101 or 999.