Firefighters called to hundreds of incidents during bonfire night

The fire as disused portacabins in Sunderland.
The fire as disused portacabins in Sunderland.
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Fire crews were sent to tackle dozens of blazes as bonfire night celebrations caused concern.

Across Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to 306 reports during Nov 5.

They included a blaze which took hold of disused Portacabins at Wellmere Road, Leechmere Industrial Estate, Sunderland, at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) were asked to respond to a lower number of incidents compared to last year.

Its bosses said its control centre and operational crews coped well throughout bonfire night taking 128 calls - up 7 per cent on 2014 - and attending 67 incidents - down 17 per cent on 2014 - 35 of which were fires, 14 fewer fires than 2014.

Of the 128 calls taken by control, 73 per cent were received between 4pm and 9pm.

They included 35 bonfires, 27 incidents of controlled burning or false alarms.

They include five call outs by Peterlee Fire Station, where its teams were called to bonfires in Peterlee, Murton and Shotton Colliery.

Chief officer Stuart Errington said: “We are pleased that year on year more people are following our advice and attending organised firework displays; a much safer and economical way to enjoy bonfire night.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and our partners, including the local authorities and police, that we have been able to continue to drive down these incidents and keep people safe in County Durham and Darlington. We would like to remind those people carrying forward bonfire events into the weekend to continue to follow the Firework Safety Code.”