Firefighters are urging people to think twice about what they do around fire – after receiving reports of four deliberate blazes across the county.
Crews attended four deliberate fires in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Burton yesterday. All meaning they had to be away from potentially life-threatening fires.
Firefighters were called to a small bonfire at around 6.50pm in Stretton. Just over an hour later, at 8pm, crews attended Chesterton Park in King Street, Chesterton, to reports of a bin that had been torched.
Reports were also received of children setting fire to items on Stansmore Road, in Meir. All three fires were out before crews arrived.
A crew from Sandyford then attended Dollys Lane in Burslem at around 1am and used a hose reel jet to extinguish a pile of rubbish.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service prevent and protect group manager Dermot Hogan, said: “Fires that are caused deliberately or carelessly in the open can have devastating effects on the environment, but importantly endanger people’s lives and homes.
“Deliberate fires waste valuable time and resources that could be better used elsewhere.
“I would ask that parents and carers teach their children the dangers of starting fires deliberately and make sure they understand that not only could they hurt themselves or others, but they could end up with a hefty fine or serve jail time.”