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Firefighters inundated with November 5 calls

Firefighters in and around Solihull dealt with dozens of calls to bonfires on November 5 - but there were no serious incidents and no-one was reported injured

Firefighters in and around Solihull dealt with dozens of calls to bonfires on November 5 - but there were no serious incidents and no-one was reported injured.

West Midlands Fire Service answered more than 300 calls between 6-11pm throughout the region on Bonfire Night - and about 100 in the same period the previous night.

Solihull-based Crew Commander Ian Wishart said: "We were all over the place dealing with bonfires and fires in the open but had nothing of significance.

"It was just piles of rubbish in the middle of nowhere and people being concerned.

"But there were no particular problems."

Four crews, including from Bickenhill, were on Bonfire Night called to extinguish burning rubbish in a derelict bungalow awaiting demolition off Woodpecker Grove, Smith's Wood.

Watch Commander Clive Mason, based at Hay Mills Fire Station, said: "This was a bonfire in a derelict building awaiting demolition.

"It caused crews from four appliances to be tied up for about two hours on the busiest night of the year when they could have been dealing with other, potentially more serious, incidents.

"Firefighters' safety was put at risk thanks to a stupid act when those responsible for starting the fire obviously didn't think of the consequences."

"But there were no particular problems."

Four crews, including from Bickenhill, were on Bonfire Night called to extinguish burning rubbish in a derelict bungalow awaiting demolition off Woodpecker Grove, Smith's Wood.

Watch Commander Clive Mason, based at Hay Mills Fire Station, said: "This was a bonfire in a derelict building awaiting demolition.

"It caused crews from four appliances to be tied up for about two hours on the busiest night of the year when they could have been dealing with other, potentially more serious, incidents.

"Firefighters' safety was put at risk thanks to a stupid act when those responsible for starting the fire obviously didn't think of the consequences."

 

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