Warning after rubbish fire

Portchester Fire Station

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FIREFIGHTERS are warning people that malicious fires take away resources from real emergencies.

One crew from Cosham was called to Purbrook Way, near the A3(M) after reports of a fire in the open.

When they arrived crews found that a pile of rubbish in an underpass had been set alight.

Firefighters had to go down the embankment with a hose to reach the blaze. The incident happened at 4.30pm on Saturday and fire crews were there for just over half an hour.

Crew manager Rob Jenks said: ‘These types of malicious fires take away valuable resources for real, emergency calls.

‘We want people to think twice before they set fire to piles of rubbish like in this instance as it could be taking us away from an emergency.’