Firefighting resources from across south Birmingham were tied up last night as arsonists went on a spree, setting fire to wheelie bins & rubbish in Frankley.
Firefighters dealt with at least 28 deliberate fires in and around Boleyn Road between around 11pm and 1am.
Many of the wheelie bins were full and were placed close to properties and parked vehicles, as they were out for collection day, adding to the dangers firefighters faced.
Red Watch Crews from Northfield, Kings Norton, Bournbrook and Woodgate Valley – 5 appliances in total – dealt with the incidents, all within a 1/2 square mile of each other.
Police air support was called in an attempt to apprehend the offender/s.
Anyone with any info on these incidents is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101
The incidents come as West Midlands Fire Service promote Arson Awareness Week (21-27 March).
Arson is the crime of intentionally, deliberately and maliciously setting fire to buildings, wildland areas, rubbish, vehicle or other property with the intent to cause damage.
Arson hurts everybody, needlessly risking the lives of firefighters, costing millions of pounds in damage to property and ruining the environment.
The majority of arson incidents can be prevented by improving safety and security, which need not cost a lot.
In 2015 West Midlands Fire Service spent 4000 hours at arson incidents.
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