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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bin Fires in Stafford

Stafford businesses and residents are being urged to store their bins securely following a number of bin fires.

"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."

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Paul Richins

In the early hours of Monday morning Stafford firefighters were sent to a residential wheelie bin fire at 4.21am on Cannock Road, Stafford. Just seven minutes later Rising Brook firefighters were sent to deal with several bins on fire in front of the Co-operative store on Wildwood Drive.

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Paul Richins said: "In the early hours of Monday morning crews were sent to five deliberately started fires within a one hour period; two of which involved bins. Thankfully firefighters managed to stop the fires 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.

"We’d urge residents and local businesses to be extra vigilant – businesses can assist by securing access to their wheelie bins, whilst residents should keep their bins out of sight where possible – this may mean taking bins out in the morning, rather than the night before they are due to be collected."