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Chief Fire Officer Calls For People To take Care Using Fireworks Following Major House Fire In Derby


Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott has called for people to take care and consider the dangers of using fireworks in built up areas, following a major house fire in Littleover, Derby.

At 20.17 hours on Saturday 4 November four fire crews and an aerial ladder platform attended a house fire on Haven Baulk Avenue, when a stray firework hit the roof of the property and exploded causing a fire.  Firefighters responding were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but were unable to prevent extensive damage to the two storey property.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott said: “Everyone enjoys the colourful spectacle of bonfire night, but it’s hard to imagine the shock of your home suddenly being hit by a stray firework and the devastation that, in this instance, has been caused.

“I understand that the family will not be able to return to their home for several months, and that really is a tragedy.  Not only will the family have to deal with the loss of their possessions, but they will also have to deal with the emotional trauma that comes from such a fire.

“Each year we advocate going to an organised display and we do this to prevent injury to members of our communities, but also, as highlighted by this devastating fire, to prevent damage to property.

“I’d call on anyone who is still considering having a bonfire party to think again and consider attending an organised display.  As we approach the Christmas and New Year Party season, I’d also ask people to reconsider setting off fireworks in built up areas, where stray fireworks could potentially cause another devastating fire.”

Below are some of the bonfire related incidents the Service attended over the weekend:

Saturday 4 November the Service responded to the following incidents:

18.28 Fire on Meadow Lane, Alfreton.  Fire in single timber building under construction.

19.19 House fire, Lincoln Street, Chesterfield.  Firework through letterbox. Incident with police.

19.44 House fire, Brooke Street, Tibshelf.  Firework through letterbox. Incident with police.

20.17 House fire, Haven Baulk Avenue, Littleover. Firework hit roof and exploded.

Sunday 5 November:

03.25 Car fire, Burton Road, Overseal.

18.10 Fire in the open on Furnace Road, Ilkeston which turned out to be a controlled burning.

18.39 Fire in the open.  Rubbish well alight on Anchor Road Langley Mill – police informed as believed to be fly tipping.

18.59 Fire in the open on Cromford Road, Langley Mill.  Turned out to be controlled burning

19.03 Rubbish fire in open on Colliery Road, Creswell.

19.18 Fire in the open on Buxton Road, New Mills – on attendance turned out to be a controlled burning.

19.57 Small bin fire in the park on Chapel Road, Bolsover. Crew used buckets of water and backpack to extinguish.

20.00 Firthwood Road, Coal Aston – Fire in the open, turned out to be a controlled bonfire.

21.31 Cottage Lane Gamesley – Fire in the open was an unattended bonfire.

21:34 Palterton – Rubbish well alight.

22.41 Market Place, Long Eaton, small fire in the open.

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