Fire crews have busy weekend

Fire crews have busy weekend

25 February 2008

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England, UK — Firefighters across Wearside and East Durham have tackled a spate of grass fires.

Fire crews from Rainton Bridge were called out when a 100-square metre patch of land covered by shrubs caught fire at the rear of Dainton Close, in Newbottle, on Saturday night.

A fire brigade spokesman said the flames lit up the night sky and were heading for the fences at the rear of homes on Dainton Close. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

“I think it was probably somebody on their way home throwing a cigarette down and not realising,” he said.

Yesterday, firefighters from North Moor tackled two fires in the Farringdon area.

A spokesman said: “It’s just kids up to mischief. The grass is dry as a bone, the wind has dried it out – there’s no sap in the vegetation so it just goes up.”

Firefighters from Seaham were called out to deal with grass fires on Station Road and New Drive in the town. The cause of the blazes is unknown, but believed to be suspicious.

The fire at Station Road was reported at 5.30pm on Saturday and the callout to New Drive came in at 6.10pm.

Seaham crews were called to a grass fire between the cricket club and Northlea yesterday afternoon.

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