FIREFIGHTERS in Warrington have slammed mindless idiots who are setting deliberate fires across the town.

A number of incidents have been reported recently, with fire crews having been called out to prevent them from becoming more serious.

The most recent blaze occurred yesterday evening, Wednesday, involving rubbish being set alight on Blackbrook Avenue in Padgate around 8.30pm.

Crews spent 20 minutes making the scene safe, but this could have prevented them from attending a much more serious incident should one develop.

Cheshire Police is investigating the fire, and anyone with any information should call 101 quoting IML 958308 or give details via

Another call-out yesterday saw firefighters extinguish two fires in wooded area off Lingley Green Avenue in Great Sankey at around 4.15pm.

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Again, crews were in attendance for half an hour, but had there been a more serious incident, the deliberate fires would have prevented them from helping and potentially saving lives.

Any information regarding these woodland fires should also be reported to police, quoting IML 958080.

Appealing for people to think before setting fires, Penketh Fire Station said: “We have attended a number of deliberate fires over the past few days.

“This is preventing us from potentially attending an incident where someone is in danger. Do you know where your children are?”

Meanwhile, crews from Birchwood Fire Station have urged people to make sure their wheelie bins are kept in a secure place to prevent them from being target.

This follows a call-out over the weekend after a resident of Loushers Lane in Latchford saw their recycling bin deliberately set alight.