A SPATE of deliberate fires in Ellesmere Port has prompted fire chiefs to issue a warning to residents.
A series of bin fires ended in a garage fire in Ellesmere Port on Thursday.
At just after midnight firefighters were called to Rostherne Avenue, Great Sutton, after smoke and flames were seen billowing from a wooden garage.
Crews from Ellesmere Port Fire Service attended the blaze, which was started after a wheelie bin was set alight and pushed against the structure.
Flames ripped through the small garage which contained gas camping cylinders which are thought to have exploded in the blaze.
The owners, a middle-aged couple, are thought to be shaken up by the fire, which saw the garage reduced to ash.
Firefighters believe the blaze spread so rapidly because the hot weather had dried out the wood and grass.
No-one was hurt in the fire, which is being treated as arson after firefighters attended two other wheelie bin fires in Hawthorn Road and Summertrees Road in an hour.
Firefighter Steve Nottage warned Ellesmere Port residents to bring in their bins after they have been emptied.
“Bring them in as soon as you can, make sure you keep them away from any property or cars,” he said.
“All of these incidents happened within a stone’s throw of each other. Someone has been out enjoying themselves in the sunshine and in the evening were out for a lot of fun. However, this came at the expensive of other people’s property.”
On Saturday afternoon crews from Ellesmere Port Community Fire Station attended seven hedge, grass and rubbish fires in Sutton Way and Delamere Drive – all thought to have been started by young people.
Sunday evening saw rubbish set alight at Whitby High School at about 8.20pm and on wasteland behind Islay Close in Little Stanney an hour later. A car was set alight in Berwick Road in Little Sutton just after 10pm.
On Monday rubbish was set on fire at the play area on Summertrees Road in the early hours and on Chester Road at about 5pm and Waverton Road at 11.20pm.
Colin Heyes, arson reduction manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We would advise local people to be on their guard and report anyone they see lighting fires.
“This sort of crime is extremely dangerous, destroys property and often puts the lives of the public and firefighters at considerable risk. These incidents also take up a lot of valuable time and resources and could divert us from more serious emergencies.
“We would therefore urge anyone with information about this sort of behaviour to report it by calling Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously on 0800 555 111.”