Firefighters tackle spate of ‘deliberate’ fires in Preston

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Fire crews have been called to tackle a spate of fires started deliberately in Preston.

Firefighters went to seven separate wheelie bin, rubbish and tree fires in the Ribbleton area on Sunday evening, all described as “anti social behaviour fires”.

Watch manager Dave Robinson said the first call was at about 7.30pm, to a rubbish fire in Ribbleton Park.

Crews then went to a rubbish fire in Grange Avenue at 9pm, and were called at 10.20pm to Cromwell Road where a tree had been ignited in a garden.

The next call was to a wheelie bin fire in Chestnut Crescent at 10.45, followed by a wheelie bin fire in Ribbleton Park at 11.10pm.

Firefighters were called to another wheelie bin fire in Ribbleton Park at 11.30pm, and then to a wheelie bin fire in Pinfold Street at 12.15am on Monday.

Teams put out all the fires using hose reels, and nobody was hurt.

Some incidents required one engine while others needed two, and crews from Penwortham were called to one of the fires because teams from Preston were dealing with another.

Watch manager Robinson said: “It’s a massive drain on resources for the Preston district.

“If we are dealing with these incidents we are not going to be available for more serious incidents, so you’re going to be waiting longer for appliances.”

He asked residents to put out their bins on the morning of collection or last thing the night before, and to bring them as soon as they are emptied, “to limit the number of bins available to use”.

He said the fires were all being treated as deliberate, and classed as anti social behaviour.