Fire and Rescue crews from Hanley and Burslem have attended a building fire at Global Ceramics in Milton, Stoke on Trent. The call was received just after 1.30pm yesterday.
"We would advise anybody who is burning rubbish to make sure it is not situated too close to buildings or any other flammable materials."
The incident involved a brick built building approximately 10 x 10 metres storing scrap wood and timber that was well alight.
Firefighters used one main jet to tackle the fire which had started accidentally due to a pile of burning rubbish that got out of control and spread to the near by building.
Assistant Area Commander for Stoke on Trent, Glyn Luznyj said” We would advise anybody who is burning rubbish to make sure it is not situated too close to buildings or any other flammable materials.
“The staff attempted to tackle the fire using their own extinguishers, however they were defective although they had been inspected on a frequent basis by an outside company. We would urge all businesses to ensure that annual checks and servicing are carried out correctly on all firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers. Luckily, in this case the fire started outside the main building, had it been inside, the consequences could have been far more serious”
Firefighters left the scene at 3.05pm.