Fire crews issue bin blaze warning

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FIREFIGHTERS have issued safety warnings after being called to three wheelie bin fires at the same spot in five days.

Crews were been called to flats in Critchley Street flats in the early hours of Friday December 16, Monday December 19 and Wednesday December 21.

Watch manager at Ilkeston fire station, Simon Abbs, said: “At the moment they have only been small fires but there is potential that they could become much worse and that’s something we want to stop from happening.”

After the third incident, crews put up posters with the Crimestoppers phone number urging local residents to report any suspicious activity.

Simon added: “Because they are only small fires they’re not investigated but after three in five days we believe it is too much of a coincidence, we believe that these fires are being started deliberately.”

And Cllr Glennice Birkin also urged people to be on the look out.

“You only have to think of those poor children that were killed in the Hulland Ward fire earlier this year to see the sort of tragedy that can happen when there is a fire,” she added.

“There needs to be somewhere for people to be able to put their bins that they can lock up so that this can’t keep happening.

“It’s the people on the lower floors of the flats that are most at risk. It wouldn’t take long for a fire to spread.”

Anyone who has noticed suspicious activity can call police on 101 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.