Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging businesses to ensure that any combustible materials on the premises are secure and out of sight outside of working hours.
“This highlights the importance of businesses securing combustible materials such as refuse or deliveries outside of working hours."
Watch Manager Gary Fox.
The warning comes following an incident that happened last week in Stafford.
Fire crews from Stafford and Rising Brook attended the incident just after midnight on the 9 March at the 3 Phone Shop on Gaolgate Street in Stafford.
Upon arrival they were faced with a fire at the front of the store. The fire had spread to some wooden fascia on the shop frontage and the heat had cracked the shop window.
Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.
The fire had started due to an out of hours delivery of leaflets, which had been left outside at the front of the premises and deliberately set on fire.
The fire was quickly extinguished but firefighters remained at the scene for some time cutting away the fascia to ensure the fire had not spread any further.
Watch Manager Gary Fox said: “This highlights the importance of businesses securing combustible materials such as refuse or deliveries outside of working hours. If the fire hadn’t have been discovered so quickly the consequences could have been more severe.”
Firefighters left the scene at 1:09am