Firebugs start spate of grass fires

SOUTH Yorkshire firefighters are warning about the dangers of arson after seeing sharp rise in the number of grass fires.

Over the last week fire crews have been called to more than 30 blazes in areas around Denaby Craggs, the Earth Centre and Warmsworth.

Watch Manager Adam Longden said even small fires can cause big problems for fire crews: “We’ve had around thirty-five fires in the Edlington station area over the last week and it ties up our resources when they could be needed at life-threatening emergencies.

“Last night we even had to call for a second pump to tackle a grass fire on Sheffield Road because the strong wind had blown the flames to within around thirty metres of some industrial units.

“It’s important that people realise starting fires like this isn’t harmless fun. It’s a drain on fire service resources and can threaten life and property.”