Fire service's plea for information after series of arson attacks leave allotment, empty home and car wrecked

Firefighters are urging people to help them track down arsonists after they were left to deal with a series of blazes started on purpose.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 2:36 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th January 2020, 4:47 pm
Photos issued by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service following the call outs to its Peterlee crews in recent weeks, including a car blaze, allotment fire and incident at an empty house.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has issued an appeal for information in the wake of fires which it believes have been started on purpose across East Durham.

Crews from Peterlee have been sent out to fight the blazes in recent weeks, including a car burned out in Shotton Colliery, while an allotment plot in the village was also targeted.

In Haswell, on Tuesday, January 14, shortly after 9pm, the team was called to Front Street in Haswell when the ground floor of the end terrace derelict property was ablaze.

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A service spokesperson said: “Arson is fire crime, and we would strongly encourage anyone who may have any information to contact FireStoppers anonymously.”

FireStoppers can be called on 0800 169 5558 or details can be sent on through its website, visit