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Baildon hit by spate of wheelie bin fires
Fire officers are urging Baildon residents not to chain up their wheelie bins in response to a spate of thefts and arson attacks.
In the latest incident, vandals stole a wheelie bin from an address in Baildon Wood Court on Monday night and rolled it into nearby Ferniehurst Dell where it was set ablaze.
Firefighters were called to the woods at 7pm after reports of a burning bin and spent half an hour at the scene dousing the flames and ensuring they did not spread to trees and undergrowth.
Heavy downpours helped prevent damage to the Dell, said Shipley Fire Station watch commander Philip Brown. He said: “Luckily the weather was on our side. Residents were worried the fire might spread.
“It didn’t, but that is always a danger when people play with fire.”
He said householders told firemen that this type of arson was on the increase.
“People there told us, ‘this is x- amount of times it’s happened.’ And they have also started chaining their bins to their houses,” said Mr Brown, who warned them against the practise and said fire crews would visiting the area to give out advice.
“We would tell people to leave their bins well away. We are going to blitz the area next week to try and deal with that problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, the problem of uncontrolled fires in Ferniehurst Dell is being tackled from another angle, said Baildon town councillor Ian Lyons.
He is a member of the Ferniehurst Dell Improvement Partnership which is looking into the value of installing a stone-built firepit into the Dell in a bid to encourage responsibility.
“It’s quite a controversial idea, but when you walk round the Dell it is evident there have been little fires all over the place.
“The problem with wheelie bins is serious as fires could get out of control and burn the whole place down,” said Coun Lyons (Lib Dem).
“The suggestion is we put a proper stone firepit near the entrance – not too big so fires couldn’t get out of control – and also bins for empty cans and bottles.
“If we do nothing, then this won’t stop and obviously we can’t have police on patrol all the time.
“Perhaps we could teach people how to behave responsibly. It’s something we’re discussing with the police and fire service,” Coun Lyons said.
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