Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to avoid burning waste after a local business was destroyed by fire.
This is an extremely sad incident as the owner has lost his entire business. The building is 100 per cent damaged as are the vehicles on the estate.
The Service was called to Hixon Industrial Estate at 8.04pm last night (October 29) after a workshop caught fire. At the height of the incident there were six crews in attendance as well as the aerial ladder platform. Firefighters used four main jets to tackle the blaze which took hold of the entire building and 15 vehicles on the site, all of which have been lost to the fire.
Crews continued to monitor the incident in the morning of Tuesday, October 30, and are liaising with the landlord.
Station Manager Paul Shaw said: “This is an extremely sad incident as the owner has lost his entire business. The building is 100 per cent damaged as are the vehicles on the estate.
“During the incident it became clear the owner had been burning cardboard just outside his workshop. When he went inside and left the fire unattended it spread to a nearby vehicle and then to the workshop. The blaze had already taken strong hold of the property when the owner was alerted to the fire and called the Service.
“This incident is a stark reminder not to burn waste yourself and if you are going to do so please do not leave it unattended. These bonfires can quickly get out of control which is what happened here. You can also inform Fire Control of a controlled burn so we are already aware of it.
“Our Business Support Team is working closely with the landlord and will continue to support him whilst he deals with the result of this devastating incident.”
For more bonfire safety advice visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home/bonfire-night-safety/.