Council backs nuisance fires plea

Published April 22, 2020 at 10:23

Rossendale Council is backing calls from Lancashire Fire and Rescue for residents not to start unnecessary fires.

The county’s fire service have issued the plea following a ‘notable increase’ in nuisance fires across the county.

The fire service said it’s working hard to ensure incidents can be responded to during the coronavirus lockdown but said improved weather has meant more preventable fires have been happening.

Councillor Steve Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customers, said:
“We are in really challenging times so it’s important we all do whatever we can to support our key workers who are working together to respond to this awful disease.
“Our brave firefighters, like other key workers, are focusing on keeping us safe, protecting the most vulnerable and preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“Nuisance fires whether small bonfires in the garden or idiots starting fires for fun are distractions. Most people are very sensible but a small minority of people really need to think about the consequences of their selfish actions.”
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