Fire crews warn over bin blazes

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NEIGHBOURS are being warned to stay alert after a spate of bin fires in a Havant street.

Fire crews have called on people in Purbrook Way to remain vigilant after a series of blazes there.

Over the past month crews from Waterlooville, Cosham, and Havant fire stations have been called out to incidents where rubbish and vegetation has deliberately been set on fire.

Firefighters believe the incidents may be linked.

Crew manager Rob Gargaro is issuing a warning to residents, urging them to keep their eyes open.

He said: ‘We have already had six reported fires in just a matter of days and although these fires may appear small, their effects spread much further.

‘Apart from the inconvenience to homeowners, rubbish fires are a serious drain on the fire and rescue service, tying up resources that could be required for life-saving emergency response.’

Ian Gray, group manager for Havant and East Hampshire, said: ‘People often underestimate the damage that can be caused by a fire.

‘Rubbish burns at an alarming fast rate and fire can spread extremely rapidly.

For further fire safety advice contact the fire service’s community safety team on (023) 8062 6809 or visit hantsfire.gov.uk