Fire Service urges residents to consider the hazards before burning waste

Image shows domestic property fro the outside. Badly damaged by fire, with 2 firefighters and a ladder

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are asking residents across the county to think carefully before burning garden material or other household items in their gardens after attending a fire at a house in Northampton on Tuesday 1st June.

The call came in to Fire Control at just before 3.00pm to say that smoke and flames were visible in the back garden of the end terrace. Both Moulton and Mereway crew were mobilised to attend the incident which, on arrival had spread to a lean-to, garden furniture, had damaged five metres of soffit and guttering at the side of the property, as well as two rear windows and some patio doors.

Crews used two hose reels, a 7.3 metre ladder and thermal imaging camera whilst extinguishing the fire. The occupiers said the fire had started with them burning waste sawdust in a steel box in the garden which they subsequently left, believing it was out.

Fire crews were on the scene until just after 4.00pm and then revisited the property to carry out After Fire Inspections at 5.00pm and 8.00pm. The inspections involved full thermal scans of the interior and exterior of the house to ensure no hot spots were found and the scene remained safe.

Watch Manager, Aidan Philips, from Moulton Fire Station who attended the domestic fire, said; “We urge anyone thinking about burning domestic or green waste in their back gardens to think carefully about any hazards first, particularly in very dry weather. A controlled burn can still easily get out of hand if left unattended or not managed properly.

“If you are going to have a bonfire, please light it away from buildings, fences, shrubs and trees; keep well clear of any cables or wires and ensure there are no other flammable materials in close proximity; don’t use an accelerant such as paraffin, petrol or diesel to get the fire started and have a water supply nearby in case you need to extinguish the fire.”

NFRS also ask that you consider the wind direction and never leave the fire unattended. Many domestic fires are preventable by following these simple guidelines, but if you do find yourself with a fire emergency call 999 immediately.

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