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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Deliberate Building Fire in Cheddleton

30/07/2012

A fire investigation into the cause of a building fire in Cheddleton has confirmed that the fire was started deliberately.

“We advise parents to encourage children to play in a safe and secure environment and avoid playing in empty and disused properties as these can be very dangerous places due to poor structure and potentially unsafe gas and electricity."

Group Manager, Brian Griffiths

Fire and rescue crews from Leek and Longton attended a fire at the disused British Legion Club in Cheddleton on the early hours of Saturday morning.

The call was received at 3.21am reporting the incident.

Upon arrival firefighters were faced with a well-developed fire at the rear of the building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to gain access to the building and used two main jets to extinguish the fire.

A further inspection was carried out on the same afternoon with the use of a thermal imaging camera to check for any hot spots.

Group Manager Brian Griffiths said: “We’d urge parents to ensure that their children are educated about the dangers of playing with fire and the serious consequences that could arise as a result of this.

“We advise parents to encourage children to play in a safe and secure environment and avoid playing in empty and disused properties as these can be very dangerous places due to poor structure and potentially unsafe gas and electricity.

“Fires that are started deliberately are unnecessary and are putting firefighter’s lives in danger as well as taking up time that could be better used to attend a genuine emergency.”

The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate. The incident was closed at 10.50am.