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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bonfire Spreads to Wooden Building

12/04/2011

Nine firefighters from Uttoxeter and Ashbourne have attended a fire involving an unused wooden building on Hollington Road in Rocester today at 2.35pm.

"We would urge anyone who does intend to burn items to do so in a controlled manner which involves ensuring there are no trees, bushes, buildings or other combustible materials nearby and that changes in weather conditions are taken into account."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which was caused by embers from a nearby bonfire being blown by the wind onto the property roof.

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan said: "Luckily no one has been injured in this fire however it does highlight just how quickly a small bonfire can become out of control.

"Garden waste materials were being burnt close-by an unused wooden building which soon ignited after some embers were blown onto the roof. The man who was burning the materials had not taken into account the location of the bonfire with regards to a change in weather conditions.

"We would urge anyone who does intend to burn items to do so in a controlled manner which involves ensuring there are no trees, bushes, buildings or other combustible materials nearby and that changes in weather conditions are taken into account. The responsible person in this incident did the right thing by immediately calling us as soon as he became worried about the bonfire."

Crews left the scene at 4.30pm.