Warning after rise in call outs to outdoor fires in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Warning after rise in call outs to outdoor fires in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 29th Apr, 2019   0

A RISE in out-of-control blazes has prompted a warning from fire chiefs.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to think before lighting fires outside after crews were called to 30 incidents across the county in five days.

They included grass fires, bonfires, garden fires and bin fires, which became out of control and spread to hedges or fencing.

Some of the fires – which included four in Warwick District – are thought to have been deliberate.

Spokesman Moreno Francioso said: “We are calling for parents to warn their children about the dangers of starting fires and explain just how serious the consequences are. Anyone starting fires deliberately could receive a fine or even a prison sentence. There is also the irreversible damage to the environment and wildlife, and the hours firefighters spend tackling these fires when they could be needed elsewhere.”

Warwickshire County Council community safety spokesman Andy Crump added: “If you are having a barbecue or bonfire in your garden, please ensure that it is held away from the house, trees, hedges and garden fences and do not leave it unattended.

“Fires can quickly get out of control and spread to neighbouring properties rapidly so please don’t take the risk.”

Those who believe they have witnessed fires set deliberately should call police on 101.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/antisocial for more advice.


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