Deliberate fires endangering lives in Burnley

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Firefighters fear lives are being put in danger by arsonists causing an unnecessary strain on resources.

Crews from Burnley, Nelson and Padiham attended 11 separate deliberate fires within the Burnley district over the last two nights.

They had to extinguish one wheelie bin fire, one skip fire, three bonfires and on one occasion a group of trees were even set alight. There were also five incidents involving rubbish in the rear yard of properties, one causing damage to the back of a house.

Acting crew manager Lee Pickup said although firefighters were putting in the hard work their time would be better spent dealing with incidents of a more serious nature.

“Great work has been carried out by firefighters to reduce the number of deliberate fires within the area and a rise in incidents of this nature puts a strain on valuable resources which could be required at incidents of a much more serious nature.

“We would ask members of the public to ensure rubbish is not left in rear yards and that wheelie bins are not left out in back streets to try and stop these types of incidents from occurring in the first instance.

“A rise in deliberate fires in the Burnley district, is placing a significant drain on resources. Fire appliances within the district have required assistance from Nelson and Padiham crews in dealing with the spike in activity.”

Mr Pickup also urged members of the public to make crews’ lives easier by giving more thought to where they park their vehicles in the future.

“During this period crews have encountered difficulties in accessing the location of the incidents due to the way vehicles have been parked.

“I would wish to take this opportunity to appeal to members of the public, in being mindful of the route that fire appliances would have to take in the event of an emergency.”