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Derelict building fire sparks safety warning

16/04/2015

The scene of the fire at Goldenhill
The scene of the fire at Goldenhill

Firefighters are warning of the potential safety risks of entering derelict buildings following a severe blaze at Goldenhill in Stoke-on-Trent.

"The consequences of entering a derelict building can be extremely serious. Many of these buildings are in a state of severe disrepair with holes in the floor that people could easily fall down, causing injury to themselves. There is also an unnecessary risk to firefighters when they are called to tackle such incidents as well as members of the local community." 

Dermot Hogan - Group Manager

These incidents not only put the lives of those going into the building in danger but also pose a risk to the firefighters tackling them.

They also divert vital resources away from potentially life-threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions.

The caution comes in the wake of the incident on Elgood Lane which crews from Hanley, Newcastle and Sandyford as well as the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended at 5.31pm yesterday.

Three main jets were used to tackle the blaze which caused significant damage to the property and destroyed the building’s roof.

Due to the severity of the damage it will not be possible for firefighters to enter the building to carry out an investigation into the cause.

Crews left the incident at 10.48pm.

Dermot Hogan, Group Manager, is now warning people of the very real risk they face if they enter a derelict building.

He said: "The consequences of entering a derelict building can be extremely serious. Many of these buildings are in a state of severe disrepair with holes in the floor that people could easily fall down, causing injury to themselves. There is also an unnecessary risk to firefighters when they are called to tackle such incidents as well as members of the local community.

"If a fire has been deliberately started, it can have a very serious impact on the Service’s ability to attend other life-threatening incidents including road traffic collisions or house fires. What may seem to some people like a bit of fun can very quickly turn into a major fire which can reap devastating results."