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Disused Milton Factory Set on Fire Twice

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to two fires at a disused factory on Redhills Road in Milton twice in 12 hours.

Yesterday at 6.55pm, crews from Hanley and Burslem were notified by the police that rubbish was on fire inside the factory. Firefighters extinguished the fire and left the incident at 7.30pm after making sure the area was safe.

At 6.20am this morning, crews from Hanley, and Burslem were called back to the factory, where an area of approximately 15 x 70 metres was well alight. Two crews from Leek and one crew from Longton were also sent to tackle the blaze.

Various appliances were required to extinguish the fire, including the aerial ladder platform from Longton and a light portable pump to extract water from the nearby canal.

Firefighters used two main jets and one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze, which was at the opposite end of the factory to yesterday’s incident. Station Manager, Ian Read said: "Although there have been two incidents within a short period of time at the factory, they are not believed to be connected.

"The first fire was started deliberately however we are now working with the police to establish the cause of this morning’s fire.

"We would like to remind people of the hidden dangers of entering disused buildings and setting fires, as they are not only endangering surrounding buildings and members of the public, they are putting themselves in danger."

The fire was extinguished by 8.50am and the fire investigation commenced at 9.30am where fire officers and police still remain at the scene.