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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Fires in Huntington Last Night

Crews from Rising Brook, Brewood, Penkridge, Stafford and Rugeley attended three separate incidents in Huntington last night.

"Starting fires deliberately is a waste of valuable resources and the people who do it are putting themselves in danger, as well as members of the public and our crews."

Group Manager, Mick Archer

The first call came in at 8.15pm where 30 x 20 metres of heath land was well alight just off Limepit Lane. Crews from Brewood, Penkridge and Stafford used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately. They left the incident at 9.40pm.

The crew from Stafford then went onto another incident at 9.40pm on Gravel Lane in Huntington to assist crews from Rising Brook and Rugeley in extinguishing six separate seats of fire on gorse and heath land. The crews used beaters and backpacks to tackle the fire, which again was believed to have been started deliberately.

Rising Brook left Gravel Lane to attend a third incident on Cocksparrow Lane and the remaining crews left Gravel Lane at 10.50pm.

Rising Brook arrived at Cocksparrows Lane at just after 10pm to find several portable cabins on fire. They extinguished the fire which is also believed to have been started deliberately. Crews from Penkridge and Rugeley also attended the incident and all crews left at 12.20am.

Group Manager, Mick Archer said: "It was disappointing to have been kept so busy with deliberately started fires last night. Various crews had to be mobilised to other incidents while the one they were in attendance at was still in progress as the appliances and crews were needed elsewhere.

"Thankfully none of the incidents were too serious however those appliances and firefighters could have been needed at a much more serious incident. Starting fires deliberately is a waste of valuable resources and the people who do it are putting themselves in danger, as well as members of the public and our crews."

If anyone has any information about any of these fires, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.