Bonfire night round-up

Whilst the majority of people enjoyed a safe bonfire night on Saturday (Oct 5) fire crews were called to a couple of incidents where embers from bonfires set fire to surrounding areas as well as several incidents of deliberate fires across the county.

At 6.27pm, a crew from Cambridge was called to Oakington Recreation Ground in Queens Way, Oakington, where embers from a bonfire at an organised event set fire to a tree stump and surrounding shrubs.

Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 8.24pm.

Crews returned the following morning to extinguish a tree stump that had caught on fire using a hose reel and to dampen down the remains of the bonfire.

Both fires were accidental.

Across the county there were a total of ten deliberate fires ranging from rubbish fires to a fire in an empty property as well as an office fire.

Pete Jones, Arson Liaison Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Deliberate fires cause us so many issues with crews committed to incidents that could have been avoidable. They damage people’s property and unfortunately on occasion they can have fatal consequences.”

Anyone with information about the incidents, listed below, should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Two crews from Wisbech, and one from Norfolk, were called to an office fire within a vegetable packing warehouse in Walton Road, Wisbech, at 05.53am. Ten people were evacuated from the building before crews arrived. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish the fire at the single storey building, which was about 20 metres by 20 metres, and returned to their stations by 07.48am.
  • A crew from Cambridge was called to a deliberate bin fire in Lawrence Way at 6.26pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 7.06pm.
  • A crew from Dogsthorpe was called to a shed fire in Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough, at 6.34pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 6.52pm.
  • Dogsthorpe was called to a rubbish fire in the open in Rayton Park, Tollgate, South Bretton at 8pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station at 8.23pm.
  • Crews from Ramsey and Whittlesey were called to a fire on the ground floor of an empty property in Wyndryridge, Marriots Drove, Ramsey Mereside at 8.06pm. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their stations by 9.22pm.
  • Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade was called to a car that was well alight in Sandpiper Drive, Stanground, at 8.33pm. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 9.16pm.
  • A crew from Dogsthorpe was called to a rubbish fire at an allotment in Hartwell Way, Peterborough, at 8.35pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 8.58pm.
  • Crews from Dogsthorpe and Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade were called to a fire in a garage in Smallwood, Ravensthorpe, Peterborough at 9.16pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 10.04pm.
  • Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade was called to a rubbish fire in the open in Hartwell Way, Peterborough at 9.31pm. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 9.41pm.
  • At 9.31am, crews from Stanground and Whittlesey were called to a caravan that was well alight at a communal car park in Hallaton Road, Welland East, Peterborough. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish the fire and returned to their station by 10.29pm.