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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Deliberately Started Bin Fire Damages Window

04/04/2011

The window of a property on Heather Close in Lichfield has been damaged following a deliberately started wheelie bin fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"What people who start fires deliberately also don’t consider is that someone else could need us for a real emergency, they could be trapped in a burning house and we are tied up putting out a needless fire instead."

Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, James Hettihewa-Young

Crews from Lichfield had already attended a bin fire on Heather Close at 4.30am on Saturday and then were called back to the same road just 40 minutes later where a wheelie bin had been set on fire.

The wheelie bin was in close proximity to the property and the fire caused some damage to a window.

Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, James Hettihewa-Young said: "Given the location and short-time frame it is likely that both of these deliberate fires were started by the same person or people.

"We would urge people to be extra vigilant about where they leave wheelie bins and where possible keep them out of sign and as far away from your property as possible.

"Thankfully, we managed to stop the fire from causing any serious damage however it could have easily been much worse. Starting fires deliberately is a stupid thing to do as you are not only endangering yourself, you are putting other people’s lives at risk as well, including the firefighters.

"What people who start fires deliberately also don’t consider is that someone else could need us for a real emergency, they could be trapped in a burning house and we are tied up putting out a needless fire instead."