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Wheelie Bin Fires in Meir

Crews from Hanley and Longton were called to a fire involving four wheelie bins on Henderson Grove in Meir last night.

Crews from Hanley and Longton were called to a fire involving four wheelie bins on Henderson Grove in Meir last night.

The call was received at 6.50pm and the City’s Targeted Response Vehicle was sent to extinguish the fire, however on arrival the fire was found to have spread and two further appliances were called for.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which was believed to have been started deliberately.

The bins are to serve the flats on Henderson Grove and were kept underneath some of the ground floor windows. The windows have been left heat damaged and some electrical cabling was also damaged in the fire.

Station Manager, David Agu said: "We would urge members of the public to ensure that refuse containers and wheelie bins are stored out of sight and away from buildings where possible to prevent fires from spreading.

"Due to where these bins were being kept, the building has suffered damage as a direct result of the fire. We appreciate that not everyone has the space to keep bins behind their properties or locked away, so we would urge that those people ensure their bins are not left underneath windows or close to any wooden material such as sheds or fences."

The incident was closed at 9.10pm.