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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bin Fires in Bentilee

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people in Stoke on Trent to keep their wheelie bins and refuse containers out of sight, following two incidents in the Bentilee area last night.

"We would urge members of the public to ensure that refuse containers and wheelie bins are stored outsight and away from buildings, and where possible locked away or padlocked shut to prevent fires from spreading."

Stoke on Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andrew Leedham

The first call was received at 1.55am and involved a fire in a wheelie bin on Swaythling Green. Whilst crews were extinguishing this fire they noticed smoke issuing from a neighbouring property. Again this incident involved another fire within a wheelie bin but this time on Winchester Avenue. Crews from Hanley attended both of these incidents.

Stoke on Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andrew Leedham commented: "Luckily both fires were confined to the wheelie bins only, however we have attended numerous incidents in the past where the fires have in fact spread into properties causing unnecessary damage to peoples homes, and putting lives at risk.

"Both of these fires, which were within a close proximity to each other, are believed to have been caused deliberately. We would urge members of the public to ensure that refuse containers and wheelie bins are stored out of sight and away from buildings, and where possible locked away or padlocked shut to prevent fires from spreading."