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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle two early morning blazes

29/08/2014

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

Firefighters tackled two deliberate bin blazes in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

"The people responsible for carrying out these acts have not only damaged property, their anti-social behaviour also put the lives of residents and firefighters unnecessarily at risk as well possibly diverting vital resources from potentially life-threatening incidents."

Station Manager Neil Pedersen

One of the fires spread to the adjacent Salvation Army building on Faraday Road, causing the roof to completely collapse as well extensive damage to the meeting room.

A crew from Stafford, one from Rising Brook, one from Stone and the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended the incident.

Firefighters used two main jets and one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze. They arrived at the scene at 2.34am and left at 7.13am.

A crew from Stafford was also called to a wheelie bin fire on Crooked Bridge Road in the town. Firefighters arrived at 1.43am and used one hose reel to extinguish the flames before leaving at 2.04am.

Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: "Both of these incidents were very serious and are being treated as arson. The Salvation Army building has been completely destroyed and in total almost 30 firefighters attended the incident.

"The bin fire on Crooked Bridge Road was in very close proximity to a petrol station so it was incredibly lucky that firefighters arrived when they did and brought it under control. If it had spread, the consequences could have been catastrophic. The people responsible for carrying out these acts have not only damaged property, their anti-social behaviour also put the lives of residents and firefighters unnecessarily at risk as well possibly diverting vital resources from potentially life-threatening incidents."

Inspector Giles Parsons, from Stafford Local Policing Team, said: "Staffordshire Police is continuing its enquiries into the investigation of these serious incidents that are being treated as arson.

"We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incidents or saw anyone acting in a suspicious manner to contact us on 101, quoting incident 47 of 29 August. Alternatively people can remain anonymous by contacting the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."