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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Wood Chippings Fire in Kinver

03/01/2012

Firefighters have spent 12 hours tackling a fire on Stourbridge Road in Kinver.

“Firefighters spend 12 hours dealing with this incident, which could have been avoided. Leaving a fire to burn unattended is an extremely careless thing to do as it puts both firefighters and local residents at risk.”

Station Manager Carl Mason.

The call was received on Monday at around midday reporting the incident. Three fire engines from Kinver, Codsall and Brierley Hill were sent to the incident along with the water carrier from Cannock.

Upon arrival firefighters discovered 20 square metres of wood chippings well alight. Firefighters initially used two main jets and two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze. Crews remained at the incident until midnight before returning to the incident this morning to carry out a re-inspection.

The fire had started due to a rubbish fire being left unattended which then got out of control.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “Firefighters spend 12 hours dealing with this incident, which could have been avoided. Leaving a fire to burn unattended is an extremely careless thing to do as it puts both firefighters and local residents at risk.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said. “Burning waste illegally has the potential to cause pollution to the environment and harm health. We take waste crime very seriously and would urge anyone with information about suspected illegal waste activities to call the Environment Agency’s incident helpline on 0800 807060”.

The incident was closed at 9:50 am on Tuesday morning.