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Warning after fire gets out of control

June 27 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning residents and business staff not to light fires anywhere near buildings.

Fortunately no one was hurt during this incident. We would recommend that if you are going to have a controlled burn ensure it is significantly far away from any buildings or other flammable items. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire, never leave it unattended, keep a hose pipe nearby to dampen the edges and ensure it is completely out when you are done.

Station Manager Stuart Ruckledge

The plea comes after an incident at a factory in Huntington where a controlled burn spread to the nearby property. 

The Service was called to Littleton Drive at 10.56am on Tuesday, June 26, and crews from Penkridge and Cannock attended. They had four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet to put out the flames before using a main jet to damp down the area. 

Station Manager Stuart Ruckledge said: “Fortunately no one was hurt during this incident. We would recommend that if you are going to have a controlled burn ensure it is significantly far away from any buildings or other flammable items. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire, never leave it unattended, keep a hose pipe nearby to dampen the edges and ensure it is completely out when you are done. 

“The recent hot weather has increased the risk of fires spreading considerably but if you are having a controlled burn we ask that you inform the Service by calling Fire Control on 0845 2999 247.”