Three out of control bonfires in seven hours prompts Cambs Fire warning


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Keep bonfires under control - that’s the message from Cambs Fire and Rescue Service this Easter Bank Holiday after crews tackled three out of control bonfires in seven hours yesterday.

At 2pm, in Little Downham, a bonfire involving garden waste and hedge clippings was left unattended and embers spread, sparking a fire in a nearby muck heap. About 60 tonnes of manure went up in flames.

The second incident, in Overstone Road, Coldham, was extinguished by two crews from March. They were called at 8pm to a bonfire which had become out of control.

At 8.30pm, small bonfire made up of general rubbish in March Road, Coates, got out of hand when it spread to a large pile of wooden pallets.

Area Commander Ryan Stacey, responsible for Community Fire Safety at CFRS, said: “The Easter break is a great opportunity for homeowners and businesses alike to have a clear out and spruce up their garden and many people will consider having a bonfire to burn garden waste or household items they no longer want.

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“We’re urging people to think twice about lighting a bonfire – especially in high winds – as they can quickly become out of control and spread.

“Instead, we would suggest the public take waste to a local waste and recycling centre where it can be safely disposed of.”

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