Fly-tipped rubbish on fire in Preston

Shakespeare Road. Picture: Google
Shakespeare Road. Picture: Google
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Dumped rubbish was set alight just yards from a block of flats in the middle of the night, according to fire crews.

Firefighters were called to Shakespeare Road in Ribbleton at about 1.05am on Saturday, to reports of a rubbish fire.

A spokesman said: “We seem to be starting with a problem with a fly tipper that then sets fire to whatever he or she wants to get rid of.

“He or she had actually made a bonfire about 10 feet away from a block of flats.”

Firefighters believe the dumped rubbish appeared to be trade waste, including chip board, builders’ rubble and plaster board.

The spokesman said: “It’s the second fire we’ve been to in the same spot.

“It’s creating a lot of smoke, and it’s very dangerous for that to be on fire - we don’t know what’s in it.”

The police, council and fire safety department were to be informed.