Spate of de­lib­er­ate blazes di­verts crews

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ @ByrneChristy

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS are con­cerned about a re­cent spate of fires in Run­corn that they be­lieve have been started de­lib­er­ately.

Coin­cid­ing with the cur­rent spell of hot weather, there were eight fires in the town on Tues­day, June 26 that are be­lieved to have been ar­son, and five on Wed­nes­day, June 27.

The pre­dom­i­nantly grass fires oc­curred in the Hall­wood Park, Hal­ton Lea, Hal­ton Brook, Hal­ton Lodge, Run­corn Hill, Wind­mill Hill and Run­corn Old Town ar­eas.

While they were not large fires, Cheshire Fire And Res­cue warned that such in­ci­dents can lead to larger, po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing blazes and they also take vi­tal re­sources away from other in­ci­dents.

Run­corn sta­tion man­ager Stu­art Dev­ereux said: “Fire spreads quickly, so what may seem like a small fire can eas­ily be­come out of con­trol and put prop­er­ties and lives at risk.

“Small fires that are started de­lib­er­ately also tie up re­sources, mean­ing that it will take longer for our crews to re­spond to ac­tual emer­gen­cies, such as house fires, be­cause they are at­tend­ing th­ese delib- er­ately set fires.

“The fires we have at­tended in Wind­mill Hill and Run­corn Hill Na­ture Re­serve also tend to be deep seated, mean­ing that we have to dig rel­a­tively deep to put them out, and this im­pacts NEW YORK £1,095 FIT­TED WITH 4.2 KW GASFIRE STOVE PACK­AGES FROM £1,895 FULLY FIT­TED 900 SUITE, SUIT­ABLE FOR PRE­CAST FLUES - £1,600 + FIT­TED FREE upon the wildlife in the area.

“Such fires dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment as well as pro­duce smoke that blows across road­ways and makes it dif­fi­cult for motorists to see.

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“A fire can start any­where and it could be your fam­ily or friends that we are de­layed in get­ting to be­cause we have to put out a fire that has been started de­lib­er­ately.

“We will ac­tively pur­sue any­one found to be set­ting fires de­lib­er­ately and in­volve the po­lice.”

In the event of a fire call Cheshire Fire And Res­cue Ser­vice on 999.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about a fire that was started de­lib­er­ately should call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

Res­i­dents are also asked to re­port any ar­son in­ci­dents to Cheshire po­lice on 101 or via https://cheshire.po­­tact/gen­eral-en­quiries

Run­corn Fire Sta­tion on Heath Road – busy over the last week

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