Crews take action on at-risk buildings after firefighters hurt in malicious blaze

Firerfighters dampoing down after a fire at Penshaw House, Station Road, Penshaw.
Firerfighters dampoing down after a fire at Penshaw House, Station Road, Penshaw.
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FIRE CREWS are set to monitor buildings across Wearside in a bid to reduce the risk of fires such as the one in which two firefighters were injured.

The pair suffered minor neck injuries and burns when a ceiling collapsed at the former Penshaw House Community Home on Tuesday night.

Sunderland District Officer Ian Cuskin said the brigade did everything possible to minimise the risk when crews were called to a fire.

“We actually look for buildings like that within our different station areas,” he said.

“If we know that a building has been boarded up or a new development is being built, we will put steps in place to monitor the situation. We work with the building owner or the local authority and look at things such as water supply in the area, when we are considering the number of appliances we will need to take to an incident, and we get plans to see if are there any particular risks associated with that building.”

The research is fed into a database which crews are able to access.

A joint investigation into the fire has now been launched by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police.

Anyone with information on the fire can police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 44 15/10/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.