Firefighters warn of bonfire danger after three blazes in one night

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THREE bonfire blazes in one night have sparked a safety warning from firefighters.

Officers from Sunderland Central fire station were called to three fires that had been set by youths last night.

The first was a large fire on wasteland near Hendon beach at 7pm. Firefighters say the blaze was set by a large group of youths and that the police were contacted.

The second fire, at 8pm, was on wasteland near Fordfield Road, in Pallion.

The third, at 1am today, was started on wasteland behind B&Q in Trimdon Street, Deptford.

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “This is a bit of a trend for the youths in the lead up to bonfire night.

“We would obviously warn people against starting fires of their own and suggest they attend organised events instead.

“By starting their own bonfires, people are putting their safety at risk.

“Some of these were large blazes and in dangerous areas, where youths have had to climb over fences and into places where there are wild animals or where there could be drugs being taken.”

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