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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Appeal for buildings to be secured following fire

05/06/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to owners of disused factories to ensure their buildings are properly secured to prevent people from entering the premises. 

"Setting fires in derelict premises is an incredibly dangerous thing to do as not only does the fire spread quickly through these type of old, complex buildings, the firefighters who have to search the premises and deal with the fire are put at great risk as invariably floorboards are damaged or intentionally removed."

Station Manager Ian Housley

The plea follows a deliberate fire at a derelict former pottery factory on The Strand at Longton last night. 

Firefighters from Longton and Hanley were called to the scene after smoke was seen billowing from windows at about 9pm.

A firefighter worked from an aerial ladder platform to tackle the fire with a main jet, while other firefighters in breathing apparatus worked inside building using a hose reel jet and a thermal image camera to identify “hot spots.”  They left the scene shortly after 10.30pm.

Station Manager Ian Housley said: “The cause of the fire was deliberate and there was evidence of previous fires having been started in the building. Setting fires in derelict premises is an incredibly dangerous thing to do as not only does the fire spread quickly through these type of old, complex buildings, the firefighters who have to search the premises and deal with the fire are put at great risk as invariably floorboards are damaged or intentionally removed.”

He added there had been a number of small fires at the site which was insecure and had become a “playground” for children and young people. 

“There are many disused and derelict buildings of this type in the Stoke-on-Trent area and we are appealing to the owners to ensure that their premises are adequately secured against intruders,” he added.