Firefighters in Lichfield have issued a warning after three fires were started deliberately in two days in the city.
On September 1 crews were called to a bin fire on Meadowbrook Road in Lichfield at 10.40pm and on the following day, they had to put out a blaze in a skip on Oakenfield Road before switching their attentions to another bin fire at allotments at the rear of St Chad’s Church.
All three fires are believed to have been started deliberately.
Lichfield Area Commander, Phil McFarlane said:
“Each time we are called to attend deliberately started fires, there could be an innocent person who desperately needs our help elsewhere but we’re tied up dealing with unnecessary incidents. This could mean that appliances are delayed in attending a more serious incident and of course whoever set these fires was endangering themselves and members of the public at the same time.
“In incidents like these children are sometimes the culprits, especially during school holidays, so we would like to remind parents to ensure they speak to their children about the dangers of deliberately starting fires – they could seriously injure or even kill someone as a result of their actions.”