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Fire bosses fear increase in arson attacks in Crewe will put lives at risk

Firefighters in Crewe have raised concerns following an increase in the number of arson incidents in the town over recent months.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says it has seen a 'worrying increase' in deliberate fires in May and June this year compared with previous years.

There was an average of 18 incidents in May and June since 2014, but this year, that number has doubled to 36.

Most of the fires involve people setting fire to rubbish or trees and bushes.

Station Manager at Crewe Fire Station, Stephen McCormick, warned of the dangers of arson incidents - saying they could delay firefighters going to more serious incidents.

He said: “We have been going to more and more deliberate fires in recent months and every arson incident is potentially dangerous.

"The incident could escalate beyond the initial fire but it also means that it will take longer for our crews to respond to actual emergencies, such as house fires, because we are tied up putting out these fires which are totally avoidable.

“A fire can start anywhere and it could be your family that we are delayed in getting to because we have to put out a bin fire.”

They are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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