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Warning not to leave bonfires unattended after barn narrowly escapes damage


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning residents to keep an eye on anything they are burning at their property after a barn narrowly escaped serious damage in Leek.

“We can not stress enough how important it is to keep an eye on any fire and to stay with it until the fire is completely out. In this case the fire continued to smoulder when the owner left."

Station Manager Carl Mason

Crews from Biddulph and Leek, along with a water carrier from Cheadle, were called to a farm in Rushton Spencer at 11.25am, on May 11, after a bonfire had gotten out of control. The owner was burning hay and had left the fire unattended.

When the firefighters arrived the blaze was just starting to spread to a nearby barn. They used two main jets and one hose reel jet to put out the fire.

Station Manager Carl Spencer said: “Thankfully we got there in time to prevent serious damage to the barn which had just caught fire on one side.

“In these dry conditions it is very easy for a fire to get out of control and the winds today also contributed to the quick spread of this particular blaze.

“We can not stress enough how important it is to keep an eye on any fire and to stay with it until the fire is completely out. In this case the fire continued to smoulder when the owner left.

“Fortunately no one was injured and damage to the property was kept to a minimum due to the quick work of the crews.”

Residents are advised to keep their eyes on the fire until it is completely out, not to leave it unattended and to be prepared to call the Service on 999 at first signs of a bonfire getting out of control.