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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Large wood fire at Longport was started deliberately

3/8/2017

The fire at Chemical Lane, Longport was started deliberately according to the fire investigation results.

 

“It is extremely concerning that this incident was caused deliberately, especially at a time when we are focusing on our Flames Aren’t Games campaign to deter people from starting fires."

Station Manager John Kitchener

The Service was called to the blaze at 7.19pm on Wednesday August 2 and at the height of the incident five crews were in attendance.

The fire involved 150 tonnes of wooden railway sleepers covering a 30m by 30m area and saw firefighters in attendance throughout the night and the following day.

At 4.20pm the fire was completely out having used more than 60 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Station Manager John Kitchener said: “It is extremely concerning that this incident was caused deliberately, especially at a time when we are focusing on our Flames Aren’t Games campaign to deter people from starting fires.

“Fortunately no one was hurt during this incident which could easily have been the case.

“Due to the materials involved in this fire and high winds the firefighters were faced with difficult circumstances. This fire took over 20 hours to put out, time and resources that could have been used to help others who are in potentially dangerous situations.

“Please share our campaign messages and make sure your children, or friends and family know how dangerous it is to set fires and that it could end with a term in jail and fine.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “We are investigating this incident, and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 766 of 2 August. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”