Firefighters were called to two deliberate fires in Newcastle last night.
Crews had to force their way into a steel Portacabin in Beasley Place in Chesterton at 7.37pm after a small fire set outside the unit sparked a blaze inside it.
"Setting fires puts lives at risk. It is dangerous, irresponsible and illegal. Perpetrators can be sure of receiving severe punishment."
Rob Barber, Assistant Area Commander, Newcastle
Two appliances from Newcastle attended the incident with two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.
Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle, Rob Barber, said: "Rubbish had been set alight up against the unit which was full of insulation materials and plastic bags.
"The fire caused the inside walls of the unit to heat up. This prompted the insulation and plastic to catch fire.
"On arrival crews saw smoke bellowing from the Portakabin and had to use specialist cutting equipment to force it open."
At 8.55pm one appliance from Ashley and one from Hanley attended an incident at a property in Tulip Grove. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished a small fire on the first floor.
"One female casualty was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, while the fire caused damage to a bedroom carpet," added Rob.
"Other parts of the house suffered smoke damage. The cause of the fire was some clothes which had been set alight.
"Setting fires puts lives at risk. It is dangerous, irresponsible and illegal. Perpetrators can be sure of receiving severe punishment.
"Such incidents also bring home the importance of having a smoke alarm fitted in your property. In providing people with an early warning of a fire incident, it gives you extra time to get out safely and contact the emergency services."