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Welsh fire service issues bonfire advice following apartment blaze

23 Jun 2023 2 minute read
Pembroke Dock, Tenby and Milford Haven crews were called to an incident in Monkton, Pembrokeshire

A Welsh fire service has issued advice for burning household waste during the dry summer months following a bonfire that burned out of control and damaged an apartment building.

At 8.07pm on Wednesday (June 21) crews from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident in Monkton, Pembrokeshire.

Crews tackled a fire involving four apartments, which originated from the burning of waste wood in an improvised brazier.

The occupant left the burning material and, on their return, found the fire had got out of control with a structure in the property’s rear courtyard well alight.

The fire caused damage to a first-floor apartment and there was a temporary evacuation of several other properties while the incident was ongoing.

Crews utilised eight breathing apparatus sets, one 10.5m ladder, two hose reel jets, one main jet and two thermal imaging cameras.

All occupants were out of the property prior to the arrival of the crews. The Local Authority and National Grid were also in attendance and proceeded to secure some of the apartments. Crews left the scene at 10.53pm.

‘Controlled Burning’

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a reminder on staying safe when planning a controlled burn or when burning household waste, especially in the dry summer months.

Dry weather allows for fires to spread easily and often take place in areas where access and water supply is limited. Out of control fires can put homes, wildlife, livestock and the lives of crews and residents at risk.

Please follow the guidelines below when thinking of burning waste:

  • It is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it
  • Where possible, take refuse to your local recycling centre
  • Check wind direction and ensure there is no risk to property, roads, and wildlife
  • If a fire gets out of control, contact the fire and rescue service immediately giving details of location and access
  • Always ensure a fire is completely out before you leave it and check next day to ensure it has not reignited

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
9 months ago

The advice needs to be simplified to: DO NOT BURN RUBBISH YOU DAMN FOOLS!…. …..or be fined huge sums of money. ….for Cliff’s sake, I love Cymru, I love the land and our diverse peoples, but Jesus Cripes some of us need to buck our ideas up, get real and stop behaving like divvies. Between the kinds of dweebs that burn their own houses down because they are too lazy to deal with household waste problems and a national train operator that can’t run a train service that already existed and instead goes out of its way to fine Autistic… Read more »

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