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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Deliberate Grass Fire in Brereton

20/04/2011

Two crews from Rugeley and one crew from Abbots Bromley were called to a grass fire off Cherry Tree Road in Brereton at 7.50pm last night.

"Starting fires deliberately is a really stupid thing to do and we will always pass all of the information we have onto the police."

Station Manager, Alan Bateman

On arrival, firefighters found multiple seats of fire across a 200 square metre stretch of grass and heathland. Firefighters used two main jets and beaters to tackle the blaze which took over two hours to fully extinguish.

Station Manager, Alan Bateman said: "Once the fire was extinguished we searched the surrounding area and discovered a number of discarded cigarette lighters on the ground.

"The most likely culprits are young people who seem to think it’s entertaining to start fires deliberately but what they don’t think about is their own safety and that of other members of the public.

"A fire can spread very quickly, especially when the ground is so dry at the moment and it does not take long for clothes to catch fire which can result in horrific burns or ultimately a fatality. We were lucky that there was no wind last night otherwise we would have struggled to stop the fire from spreading.

"We had three fire engines in attendance last night which were tied up for two and a half hours dealing with this incident. They could have been needed elsewhere, someone could have been trapped in a burning building desperate for help but we were dealing with this fire.

"Starting fires deliberately is a really stupid thing to do and we will always pass all of the information we have onto the police."

Anyone with any information about the fire can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.