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Fire Involving Large Recycling Bin Extinguished, Old Swan

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
St Oswald's Street, Old Swan, in Liverpool.
Firefighters extinguished a fire involving a large recycling bin and fence panels.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 5.55pm on Wednesday, April 30, to St Oswald's Street, Old Swan, in Liverpool.

The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room received 19 calls about the fire.

A high pressure hose was used to extinguish the fire by 6.15pm.

The bin was in a car park.

The fire was a suspected deliberate ignition.

Watch Manager Andy Cuthel, who attended the call-out with firefighters on Green Watch at Old Swan Community Fire Station, said: “The fire involved a large, closed recycling bank and it had spread to the fencing panels before we arrived. The fence panels were adjacent to a public footpath and a very busy road. There was small quantities of smoke drifting across the road which could have caused a danger to motorists.

“Fires such as this can not only pose a risk to people and buildings but also to those who may start a fire as people do not necessarily exactly what is inside bins and fire can spread quickly and unexpectedly which can cause further injuries.”

“We investigate every fire we are called to and work with partners including the police to find those responsible for arson.”

A fire appliance from Old Swan Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

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