Young ‘idiots’ blasted over Burnley fire starting

From left, firefighters Graham Stockwell, Tom Meller and Dom Fellows, at the scene of the fire at the children’s playground in Sharp Street

From left, firefighters Graham Stockwell, Tom Meller and Dom Fellows, at the scene of the fire at the children’s playground in Sharp Street

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A FIRE chief has blasted the young ‘idiots’ who deliberately sparked a series of rubbish fires in Burnley over the weekend.

In one incident on Friday night, youths dragged a wheelie bin under some play equipment at Rakehead Recreation Ground, in Sharp Street, and set it alight, causing extensive dam- age to a large swing.

Burnley fire crews had already been called to the play area, near Burnley General Hospital, just two hours earlier, at 9.30pm, after a bin was set on fire, as well as a rubbish fire in neighbouring St Cuthbert Street at 10.10pm.

Small fires were also reported in Colne Road at 7.20pm, Kime Street at 10.15pm, and Piccadilly Square at 12.15am, which were all thought to have been spark-ed deliberately.

And crews were again called to Rakehead Rec on Saturday night when more wheelie bins were set alight.

Acting crew manager Lee Pickup said: “We always tend to get these problems around the Easter holidays and they are risking lives because we could be tied up with a small rubbish fire when we’re needed for a critical incident.

“These idiots could cost lives and I would urge them to please stop and think about what they are doing.

“What if a member of their family was involved in a serious fire when we were out dealing with some rubbish?”

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue added: “While also causing damage and destruction to property, deliberate fires can cost lives as valuable fire service resources are tied up and unable to attend more serious incidents which may occur elsewhere.

“We would urge all residents in the area to remain vigilant of deliberate fire setting on the park.”

The crews warned that skips and rubbish left in back yards and backstreets can lead to deliberate fire setting, and urged for any concerns to be reported to Burnley Council on 01282 425011.

n If you suspect any deliberate fires, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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5:08pm Mon 14 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Fire bugs are the worst kind of bugs,
Fire bugs are the worst kind of bugs, noddy57
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Truth will out says...

I understand the fire chiefs appealing to people not to do this but they have to understand the people they are appealing to are deranged kids who are incapable of thinking about consequence. That's passed on from their parents.
I understand the fire chiefs appealing to people not to do this but they have to understand the people they are appealing to are deranged kids who are incapable of thinking about consequence. That's passed on from their parents. Truth will out
  • Score: 11

8:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

If caught they will probably blame it on alcohol which is sold by the local off licenses to anyone who is old enough to see over the counter.
If caught they will probably blame it on alcohol which is sold by the local off licenses to anyone who is old enough to see over the counter. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 3

9:39am Tue 15 Apr 14

Black Car Guy. says...

You cant call them idiots, They are a social workers wet dream, It will there right to do do stupid things and endanger peoples lives. Has the local team not won a game? The fans go on rampages when they loose.
You cant call them idiots, They are a social workers wet dream, It will there right to do do stupid things and endanger peoples lives. Has the local team not won a game? The fans go on rampages when they loose. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

disguested at this when i saw it.3 wheelie bins on there that had been empyied and then the swing thing had been set fire too...............ho
pe the kidws thAT DID IT HAVT GO THRU SAME SH** WHEN THEYV GOT KIDS AND THEERE PPARKS BEEN SPOILT !!!!!!!!!!!!

NOT THAt i hiope it happens again ,anywhere
disguested at this when i saw it.3 wheelie bins on there that had been empyied and then the swing thing had been set fire too...............ho pe the kidws thAT DID IT HAVT GO THRU SAME SH** WHEN THEYV GOT KIDS AND THEERE PPARKS BEEN SPOILT !!!!!!!!!!!! NOT THAt i hiope it happens again ,anywhere BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

Truth will out wrote:
I understand the fire chiefs appealing to people not to do this but they have to understand the people they are appealing to are deranged kids who are incapable of thinking about consequence. That's passed on from their parents.
u talk like a politician......i got done for arson and i was BROUGHT UP NOT DRAGGED UP........TYPICAL PPL LIKE U............BET UR ONE OF THEM THAT GOES ON ABOUT BROKEN HOMES............MY MUM BROUGHT UPO GOOD AND PROPER I JUST TOOK THE WRONG WAY IN LIFE .NOTHING TO DO WITH BEN FROM A BROKEN FAMILY N WHATEVER ELSE U WANNA SAY..
#GET A GRIP U FOOL
[quote][p][bold]Truth will out[/bold] wrote: I understand the fire chiefs appealing to people not to do this but they have to understand the people they are appealing to are deranged kids who are incapable of thinking about consequence. That's passed on from their parents.[/p][/quote]u talk like a politician......i got done for arson and i was BROUGHT UP NOT DRAGGED UP........TYPICAL PPL LIKE U............BET UR ONE OF THEM THAT GOES ON ABOUT BROKEN HOMES............MY MUM BROUGHT UPO GOOD AND PROPER I JUST TOOK THE WRONG WAY IN LIFE .NOTHING TO DO WITH BEN FROM A BROKEN FAMILY N WHATEVER ELSE U WANNA SAY.. #GET A GRIP U FOOL BURNLEYITE40
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