Cambs Fire Service uses YouTube to explain arson dangers after March fires

CAMBS Fire and Rescue Service has uploaded two videos to YouTube to help parents explain the dangers of arson and hoax calls to their children.

It comes after arsonists started two fires in March yesterday.

In the first fire, crews from March were called to smoke between trees at Great Eastern Road at 12.40pm. On arrival they found rubbish had been set alight.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze using hose reels and were back at base by 1.10pm.

The second fire was a bonfire in The Avenue, reported at 10.50pm.

Firefighters spent 20 minutes tackling the blaze using one hose reel.

Martin Boome, arson investigation unit officer for the fire service, said: “While we have no way of knowing who started this fire, we are urging parents and guardians to explain the dangers of arson to their children.

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“The fire service has put two videos on YouTube which can help you do this.”

Mr Boome also highlighted the FireSetter Intervention Scheme, which involves fire service staff visiting children who play with or has fascination with fire.

He said: “This is always with the permission of the parent or guardian and the visit takes place in the child’s own home.

“This is a completely free service and the success rate is extremely high, last year the service visited 69 young people, 66 of these young people only required one visit to stop their fire setting behaviour.”

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