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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lucky escape as out of control garden fire spreads to house

16/08/2017

Garden fire
Garden fire

Firefighters are warning residents to take care when burning garden waste after a garden fire in Stafford almost set a house on fire.

"We would urge anyone who does intend to burn items to do so in a controlled manner, ensuring there are no trees, bushes, buildings or other combustible materials nearby and that changes in weather conditions are taken into account."

Watch Manager Roger Prenter-Jones

Crews from Stafford and Rising Brook attended a fire involving conifer trees in the Rising Brook area of Stafford at around 4.20pm on Tuesday 15 August.

Firefighters wearing two breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which was caused by a nearby garden waste fire that spread to conifers which were next to the house. The house, an outbuilding and a vehicle were slightly damaged by the fire.

Watch Manager Roger Prenter-Jones said: "Luckily no one was injured in this fire however it does highlight just how quickly a small fire can become out of control.

"Garden waste materials were being burnt close to trees which soon ignited. The man who was burning the materials had not taken into account the location of the bonfire with regards to the vegetation near the house. The flames did reach the house but thankfully it didn’t ignite so the damage was minimal.

"We would urge anyone who does intend to burn items to do so in a controlled manner, ensuring there are no trees, bushes, buildings or other combustible materials nearby and that changes in weather conditions are taken into account. The responsible person in this incident did the right thing by immediately calling us as soon as he became worried about the fire."

Crews left the scene at 5pm. 

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