Barrow arson blaze could have been 'far more serious'
Last updated at 16:27, Wednesday, 29 January 2014
A SENIOR firefighter has said that a blaze started outside an empty Barrow flat could have been “far more serious”
Four people were trapped in the blaze after an arsonist set fire to the front door of an empty flat in Low White Close, Ormsgill.
The fire spread from the empty flat to adjoining properties.
Crew manager of Redwatch, Steve Harrison, said: “This was a very dangerous thing to do. The fire was only small and we quickly extinguished it when we arrived, but it had created a disproportionate amount of smoke.
"It could have easily spread to the flat and its contents if it had been burning for a little longer and then we could have been looking at a far more serious situation.
"The guys did a first class job."
Four people were trapped inside the block of eight flats because the corridors had filled with smoke.
Three fire engines - two from Barrow and one from Walney - attended the scene.
When crews arrived an elderly resident was shouting for help out of his windows.
The crews quickly dealt with the blaze before sending two firefighters into the building to search for occupants and to inspect the flat which had been targeted.
Four people were led to safety and everyone inside the buildings was accounted for and were checked over by paramedics.
The fire service were called at 11.59pm on Monday.
Police were called at 12.07am.
The fire had been dealt with by 12.39am.
First published at 00:57, Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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People of Barrow wake up and take some action before this is decided otherwise someone will get seriously injured due to a lack of fire cover taken into account the time and distance to get the correct response to arrive at a incident within the town.
Just look at the size of the Town population below and ask yourself why Barrow will only have one fire engine available in the Town whilst the other four Towns will have two fire engines available.
Whitehaven â 23,810
Workington - 25,444
Penrith â 15,487
Ulverston â 11,678
Barrow â 56,745
To me it looks like Furness has taken the brunt of the fire service cuts for the county.
i.e. Dalton Fire Station Closed, one Fire Engine from Barrow to replace a Fire Engine in Ulverston so Barrow down to just the one Engine. The only acceptable change for the Town should be a part time crew to be available in Barrow Fire Station 24/7 so we still have 2 Engines (1 full time and 1 pat time) why is this good enough for Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, and Ulverston all towns smaller then Barrow. Yes we have Walney close by however they regularly fail to crew that appliance during daylight hours this is a one off) and if thereâs a bridge lift then a Barrow engine has to go onto the island leaving Barrow without any fire cover unless they take an engine away from Ulverston.
These proposals are just about guaranteed to happen, other towns have had petitions going for months (Penrith 20 thousand but only 15 thousand population) looks like its who shouts the loudest get the result.
Does this not show how necessary it is to keep the Fire Service we currently have and deserve?
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