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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Longport scrapyard fire was set deliberately

07/03/2016

An investigation into the cause of a fire at a scrapyard in Longport has revealed that the incident was started deliberately.

“This was a severe fire that involved a large amount of scrap metal. Luckily, no one was injured as a result of the incident which was started deliberately. The actions of the culprits may have diverted vital resources from other incidents as well as putting the lives of firefighters and members of the public at risk."

Station Manager Dave Steele

Crews attended the blaze at McGuinness Scrapyard on Longport Road at 5.47pm on Saturday.

They used a compressed air form system, two main jets and two hose reel jets when tackling the incident which involved a large quantity of scrap metal.

The Service worked closely with the Environment Agency in order to minimise the run off of the foam and the impact on local watercourses.

Crews from Newcastle, Sandyford, Stone, Hanley, Longton, Uttoxeter, Longnor, Ipstones, Loggerheads, Biddulph, Water Carrier from Cheadle and the Targeted Response Vehicle from Hanley were called to the blaze.

Station Manager Dave Steele, who attended the incident, said: "This was a severe fire that involved a large amount of scrap metal. Luckily, no one was injured as a result of the incident which was started deliberately. The actions of the culprits may have diverted vital resources from other incidents as well as putting the lives of firefighters and members of the public at risk.

"Anti-social behaviour such as this can have long lasting consequences for those responsible, including a fine or even a prison sentence. Having a criminal record can impact on future career prospects of those involved. It may seem like a bit of fun but the possible repercussions are no laughing matter."
The last crews left the scene at 8.22am today.