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Building Fires over the Weekend

Crews from Burslem, Kidsgrove and Newcastle attended two separate incidents yesterday where buildings were alight.

"What children don’t realise is that old, unused buildings such as the Enterprise Buildings are highly dangerous and trespassers could become trapped, seriously injured or killed if they continue to access the building and play with fire."

Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels

The first call came in just before 4.00pm and involved a fire in a disused building on Linley Road in Talke where approximately 30 x 10 metres of compacted cardboard had deliberately been set alight.

Firefighters used one main jet to extinguish the fire and Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels is urging parents and guardians to be more vigilant when it comes to the whereabouts of their children: "We have had a number of deliberate fires in this location and the signs point to the perpetrators being children.

"What children don’t realise is that old, unused buildings such as the Enterprise Buildings are highly dangerous and trespassers could become trapped, seriously injured or killed if they continue to access the building and play with fire.

"The information has been passed to the police and we encourage parents and guardians to discuss the dangers of starting fires with their children."

The incident was closed at.4.35 pm.

At 4.52pm crews from Burslem and Kidsgrove attended a shed fire on Thomas Street in Packmoor which was in danger of spreading to nearby properties.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, which destroyed the shed and its contents and damaged the roof of the adjoining terraced property.

The cause of the fire was found to be the result of the sun’s rays reflecting onto the shed’s glazing and magnifying onto some clothing. Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels said: "The sun’s rays are powerful and items can be heated by the magnifying effects of glazed, decorative or reflective items and accidentally set alight.

"We would urge people to be aware of the strength of the sun’s rays, as items which reflect light can quickly set nearby materials alight accidentally."

The incident was closed at 6.52 pm.