Burnley fire crews called to 20 Bonfire Night incidents

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BURNLEY firefighters were called to 20 incidents last night.

The busiest period was between 6 p.m. yesterday and 4 a.m. this morning and around 2 a.m. crews from Burnley and Nelson attended two deliberate fires within 100 yards of each other.

Watch manager Neil Ashworth said vandals had set fire to an outhouse in Abinger Street, causing smoke to spread into the main building. Fortunately no one was in the house.

At the same time crews from Nelson were called to Melville Street where several wheelie bins had been set alight.

Police also called on crews to put out fires across the town where they were concerned about anti-social behaviour.

But watch manager Ashworth said the majority of bonfires were well organised and most people followed fire safety advice.

“The majority of fires were well organised and well regulated so we didn’t put them out.

“Some were a bit out of control and we had to give advice or put them out.

“There was no anti-social behaviour towards us.”