A Hanley firefighter rescued over 40 pigeons from a fire in allotment sheds on Longton Hall Road in Blurton last night.
"I quickly broke down the door and began to shoo the pigeons out of their nests into the open before their habitat caught fire."
Crew Manager, Brian Cox
Crew Manager Brian Cox of Hanley orange watch was one of the firefighters in attendance at the incident from 9pm last night. Whilst crews from Hanley, Newcastle and Stone tackled the spreading blaze, Brian smashed open a nearby shed and chased the pigeons being kept inside out to safety.
Firefighters used two main jets to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which is currently under investigation, and remained at the scene until midnight.
Crew Manager Brian Cox said: "I could see that the fire was in danger of spreading to another shed due to strong winds. We’d been told that pigeons were kept in one particular shed so I grabbed another firefighter and we hurried to over to it.
"I quickly broke down the door and began to shoo the pigeons out of their nests into the open before their habitat caught fire. I’m glad I was able to save the birds as I know they are prized, expensive birds and someone’s much loved pets. Their owner was very relieved to find out they hadn’t perished and hopefully he’ll be able to collect the ones that come home later today."