Nelson wheelie bins blaze drama


Crews from Nelson Fire Station were called out in urgency after a whole series of wheelie bins were spotted blazing.

The incident happened on Thursday evening last week. They were called out at 6-36pm to the town’s Southfield area, and they dealt with them.

Watch Manager Tom Simpson from the station’s Green Watch, explained: “We had three separate calls to wheelie bins on Barkerhouse Road, Pine Street and William Street.

“These are all in a close proximity to each other. It took us approximately 45 minutes to deal with the seven wheelie bins.”

And he added: “Some people may think that it is a bit of a prank setting fire to wheelie bins – there has been a case of a wheelie bin fire spreading to a house, causing fatalities. The perpetrator is now serving a prison sentence.

“Deliberate fires can cost lives. They also put a strain on fire service resources that may be required elsewhere.”

So setting things alight can cause major problems and put people’s lives at risk. If you suspect deliberate fires, you can ring the police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.