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Warning after spree of deliberately-set fires
9:49am Wednesday 8th August 2012 in News
A SPREE of deliberately-set blazes around Merseyside has prompted a warning to arsonists they could be putting lives at risk.
Firefighters were called out at yesterday at 7.15pm to Haddon Road, Rock Ferry, to extinguish a blaze which was less than 10ft from a house The crew from Birkenhead was then called to a fire set in a skip full of window frames which were being replaced at a school near Bedford Drive.
Watch manager Steve Barrowman, who is from Birkenhead community fire station and attended the incidents, said: “This fire involved wooden frames and was around two metres from the school building.
“Deliberately-set fires such as this can pose a real threat - not just to property but to lives as well.”
Similar incidents have been occurring in areas of Liverpool.
One involved a fire in bushes near a children's centre in Edge Hill, another occurred when couches and trees were set alight in a yard of a boarded-up property.
Watch manager Chris Parrington from Kensington community fire station said: “At this time of year people should make sure that rubbish is put away in wheelie bins and cigarettes are extinguished properly when discarded.”