Fire safety warning over Bamber Bridge wheelie bin blazes

Arson attack: A destroyed wheelie bin
Arson attack: A destroyed wheelie bin
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Residents in the Bamber Bridge area of Preston are being urged to stay vigilant following a spate of deliberate wheelie bin fires.

Fire crews from Bamber bridge have attended four deliberate wheelie bin fires during the month of November and are now advising homeowners and occupants to only put out their bins on the day of collection.

Watch Manager Peter Blamire said: “The area where the fires have occurred are in Bamber Bridge South, in particular around the Leisure centre area.

“Most of the fires have occurred in the evening between the hours of 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

He added: “We would advise occupiers to only put out their wheelie bins on the day of collection in order to avoid persons wheeling them away and setting fire to them.”

The Fire Service and the Police are in the process of investigating the fires that are noted as malicious, due to the crews being prevented from attending critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic collisions.

Local residents are advised to contact the Fire Service or Police should any anti social activities be identified an Bamber Bridge fire station staff will be monitoring the areas around the Leisure centre over the next few weeks

The fire service also offer a free Home Fire Safety Check which involves installing free smoke alarms and giving advice to owners / occupiers of properties

To request a Home Fire Safety check call LFRS free on 0800 169 1125.