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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Issued Following Village Hall Fire

13/07/2011

Businesses in Tutbury are being urged to store their wheelie bins securely following a fire in the early hours of this morning.

“We would urge people to store their bins securely and away from buildings to minimise damage, should a fire occur.”

Assistant Area Commander Brian Griffiths.

Fire crews from Tutbury and Burton were called out at 2am to tackle a fire at Tutbury Village Hall in Monk Street. The incident involved a severe fire in a storeroom situated in the hall way of the village hall. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire and remained at the scene damping down for a further two and a half hours.

A fire investigation confirmed that the fire had been started deliberately.  Fortunately no one was injured during the incident; however the building was badly damaged by the fire and smoke.

Assistant Area Commander for East Staffordshire, Brian Griffiths said, “The fire appears to have been started deliberately by someone setting fire to a wheelie bin that was adjacent to the building. We are working with the police to assist them with their enquiries.

“We would urge people to store their bins securely and away from buildings to minimise damage, should a fire occur.”

Fire crews will be in the area over the next few days offering fire safety advice and anyone who may have any information relating to the incident can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.