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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Six Wheelie Bin Fires in Fenton Overnight

09/10/2012

Longton firefighters attended six wheelie bin fires on Goldenhill Road in Fenton in the early hours of this morning between 3.44am and 5.58am.

"Luckily, none of the fires were able to develop into serious incidents however arson is still a crime and is treated as such, regardless of seriousness."

Station Manager, Ian Read

All fires were deliberately started but thankfully Longton firefighters were able to extinguish all six before any serious damage could be done.

Station Manager, Ian Read said: "Given the close proximity and timeframe of the fires we believe the same person or persons started these fires.

"Just a couple of days ago a man in Walsall lost his life after someone deliberately set wheelie bins on fire outside his home. The fire spread and also resulted in a young woman having to jump out of a window to escape.

"It’s not funny or clever to start any fire deliberately and the people who have done this need to realise they endangered many lives last night – including their own. Luckily, none of the fires were able to develop into serious incidents however arson is still a crime and is treated as such, regardless of seriousness.

"We will now be working with Staffordshire Police to identify those responsible for these fires."

In August this year, 23-year-old Daniel Hill from Tamworth was sentenced to two years in prison at Stafford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to three counts of arson on 13 April 2012.

Hill was responsible for setting light to a number of wheelie bins in the Kettlebrook area of town, one of which spread to two houses resulting in the evacuation of four people from the two properties.

An investigation into last night’s deliberate bin fires is underway and Staffordshire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

House to house inquiries are now being carried out and investigating officer, PC Sean Woodward, from Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team (LPT), is urging anyone with information to contact him on 101 quoting incident number 55 of October 9. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.