Friday, 26 July 2013

Residents Asked To Stay Alert After Spate Of Fires

Residents in a South Cambridgeshire village are being asked to stay alert following a spate of small outdoor deliberate fires.

Firefighters were called to a large fire involving 100sqm of dry cut hay in Bourn on July 7. Since the incident, local residents have reported at least five more small fires to community fire safety officers involving quantities of hay and straw, which luckily did not require any firefighting action.

The Aims Hill hay fire (July 7) was started deliberately and it is believed these subsequent small fires, many of which have taken place on a footpath between Bourn and Cambourne, were also deliberate.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service's community safety officers are now working with neighbourhood watch coordinators and local PCSOs to encourage residents to get in touch with information and report any suspicious activity.

Jim Meikle, Community Safety Officer for South Cambs, said: "Following the fire in Bourn at the start of the month, our investigations revealed a number of other small fires occurred.

"Residents are concerned about the potential risks these fires pose and rightly so. Fire can spread rapidly and all it takes is dry ground and a gust of wind to turn something that started as a small flame into a fire that could destroy a property and injure someone.

"We are urging anyone with information to get in touch with police by calling 101 and to also report any suspicious activity. Be sure to tell friends, children and family about the dangers of starting a fire and warn people the consequences of arson."