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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Martec Fire Started Deliberately

22/03/2012

A fire involving Martec Training’s building on London Road in Newcastle last night was started deliberately.

"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."

Newcastle Watch Manager, Matthew Pope

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the fire by Staffordshire Police at around 10.35pm last night, after passing police officers were flagged down by a concerned member of the public.

Two fire engines from Newcastle were sent to the incident, involving a wheelie bin which had been deliberately ignited and then pushed up against the door of the building. The fire had spread into a storeroom, causing considerable damage to the room and its contents.

Newcastle Watch Manager, Matthew Pope said: "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 people to be extra vigilant; they can assist us by securing access to their wheelie bins and keeping them out of sight where possible. If anyone has any concerns about fire safety, they can give us a call on 0800 0241 999 to discuss."

Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and left the scene at 12.30am.