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Flytipping prompts warning from Sunderland firefighters
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 30th August 2017 at 10:15

Firefighters in Sunderland are urging residents to get rubbish removed or disposed of safely after a blaze at a house in the Millfield area in the early hours of Friday. Crews were called to Rosedale Street at 3.40am on Friday, 25th August after reports of a garage on fire at the rear of a dormer cottage. It was initially feared people may be trapped inside, but it was quickly established the property was empty. Arsonists ignited a pile of rubbish which had been piled up against the doors of the garage. The dumped items included mattresses, doors, sofas and gym equipment. “This is a prime example of what can happen if rubbish is just left in the open. It becomes a prime target for someone to set a fire, which could potentially have devastating consequences,” said Station Manager Steve Graham. “We would urge people to contact their local council to get bulky items removed, or to take them to the local tip where they can be recycled or safely disposed of. “On a similar theme, we have also been called out to deal with fires started in wheelie bins which in some cases have been put out for collection perhaps too early. It would help if people could put their bins out on the day of collection and not before, this will help reduce the easy opportunities for potential arsonists.”
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